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Global Green’s Eco-Ambasador Program Helps Communities Reduce Waste

STAR Communities and Global Green will be sharing strategies and discussing programs for reducing waste in our communities. during a webinar on October 18th 2:00-3:00 PM EST. Register here.

As a product of implementing food waste diversion programs in multi-family dwellings, Global Green has created an ambassador-style program for residents to be stewards of waste diversion in their communities, increasing recycling participation, resource efficiency, and capacity for outreach education.

Global Green is currently implementing Eco-ambassador Program training workshops together with city and real estate partners in neighborhoods throughout California and nationwide. In these training workshops, ambassadors are given the educational tools to become waste experts in their geographic areas, as well as learn how to communicate with their landlord and neighbors with value propositions. They also learn how to implement recycling and food scrap collection programs in their building, how to perform outreach and visual waste audits, and how to help their neighbors stay engaged with the diversion practices in their building and community.

Engaging residents, particularly in multi-family buildings, in resource recovery and sustainability programs needs continual reinforcement, which is resource-intensive for building owners and property managers. To implement and sustain waste programs today requires the help and knowledge of citizens and tenants themselves. The purpose of an ambassador program is to increase scope, efficacy, and sustainability of citizen-participation programs where success is measured by the amount and quality of participation. The goal of Global Green’s Eco-ambassador Program is to reduce and correctly divert food waste while engaging tenants through learning to accomplish waste reductions.

Setting Global Green’s ambassador-style approach apart from other programs of its kind, they are collecting data after training workshops are carried out; this data will help to determine the efficacy and impact of these programs. By collecting post-surveys from ambassadors several weeks following training workshops, Global Green seeks to receive feedback from workshops and the program overall, as well as to measure hours spent performing ambassador duties, the amount of households reached during the ambassador’s outreach, and if they successfully implemented a food waste collection program in their building. Moving forward, Global Green also plans to facilitate events that bring Eco-ambassadors together in their communities, creating a community of their own where they can share stories and best practices. Stay tuned for the results!

To read more about the efforts of Global Green and other ambassador-style programs throughout North America, visit Global Green’s blog post Ensuring Sustainability: The Best Practices in Ambassador Style Programs.

Contact us at corr@globalgreen.org if you’re interested in starting eco-ambassador program in your city.

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