The County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) is offering no-cost educational opportunities to residents, employees, students and business owners in San Mateo County as part of a program called the Sustainability Academy (Academy) (formerly known as the RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy).
The Academy's 8-week in-class Master Compost and Solid Waste course will cover:
- Backyard composting
- Soil biodiversity
- Sustainable landscaping
- Communication, leadership, and instruction skills you can use to teach others how to compost
For those participants that attend and complete at least seven out of eight of the course's classes, they will each get a choice of taking home their own backyard or vermicomposting unit, as a congratulatory gift from the program for successfully completing the course!
Class Schedule: Tuesday evenings starting on October 11th ending on December 6th, 2016 (excluding Thanksgiving week). Exact dates of classes are Tuesdays 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, and 12/6.
Time: 5:30 - 9:00 pm
As part of the course, you will also have the option of helping to teach a two-hour public compost workshop along-side an expert compost instructor, to gain hands-on experience in presenting, instructing and engaging with community members. These are all useful skills that you can sharpen and utilize when engaging with your community members to meet the 40-hour volunteer requirement for the course. This compost workshop is scheduled to take place on Saturday November 12th from 10am-12pm.
1. What are my volunteer requirements?
This course requires participants to commit to 40 hours of volunteer time through tabling, giving workshops, helping start programs in your business, apartment complex, community, or another Office of Sustainability approved volunteer service that promote resource conservation. We support and encourage you to find volunteer activities that are most interesting, fulfilling, and fun for you!
2. Am I eligible to enroll in the Course?
You must be 14 years or older to attend the course and a resident, business owner, student or employee located within San Mateo County. If you need ADA accommodations please contact us four (4) business days prior to the first class you will be attending.
3. What are my transport/parking options getting to the Course?
There is free parking for the course venue.
4. What should I bring to the Course?
Writing material (pen/pencil). We will provide you all the course materials at the first class.
5. Will food/beverages be provided at the course?
Yes, we will be providing light snacks and select beverages at every class.
6. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact the Program Coordinator at RecycleWorks@smcgov.org or at 650-599-1498 / 1-888-442-2666.
7. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the Course?
No, registration for the Course is sufficient to attend. The instructors will have the list of participants who signed up for the class.