Adult Summer Camp: Local Sustainability

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Zero Waste: Community and Lifestyle with Amanda WaddlePhoto of Amanda Waddle of Zero Waste Gainesville

Thursday, July 1, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on Zoom

What does Zero Waste mean and how do we achieve it? Join us for an informative session on leading a zero waste lifestyle. Learn how to start your zero waste journey by reducing waste while you are out and about and at home, and ways to impact the community and beyond.

Amanda Waddle is the Director of Zero Waste at The Repurpose Project and helps run Zero Waste Gainesville. She also works as a Zero Waste Associate for Zero Waste USA and works as a Zero Waste consultant writing Zero Waste Strategic Plans for communities across the United States. Amanda has experience creating Zero Waste curriculum, giving Zero Waste presentations, working with small businesses, events, and k-12 schools to get them on the path to Zero Waste. 


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Shelley SamecPhoto of Shelley Samec

Thursday, July 8, 12 p.m - 1 p.m. on Zoom

Recycling is one simple way you can reduce your impact on the environment. In Alachua County, curbside recycling is handled several ways depending on where you live. Learn about reducing your trash by recycling right.

Shelley Samec graduated from the University of Florida in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication.  She began working for Alachua County as a Production Technician with the Public Information Office in 2005.  In 2010 she transitioned into the world of recycling and waste management to serve as a Waste Alternatives Specialist in what is now the Alachua County Solid Waste & Resource Recovery Department.  In this position she provides tours of the County’s Environmental Park and Transfer Station, conducts community outreach and education to the residents of Alachua County, and attends local events to promote waste reduction and recycling.


From Seed to Plate: How Working Food Focuses on Building a Resilient Local Food System

Working Food logoThursday, July 22, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on Zoom

Come learn about Working Food, a local non-profit organization, that works collaboratively with local government and over 30 community organizations, at the intersection of kitchens, commerce, and culture. Together we provide business development support and infrastructure for food-based businesses; community education on gardening, seed stewardship, nutrition, cooking and other food-related issues; and are helping ensure a just, equitable food system with access to fresh and value-added food for all individuals, institutions, and businesses.

We have a community center that incorporates a culinary incubator with a commercial kitchen, cold and dry food storage, warehousing, indoor and outdoor community event and workshop space, and a home for the Southern Heritage Seed Collective. Our seed gardens and seed bank are located at Grow Hub, where we work collaboratively to support opportunities for adults of all abilities.