Zero Waste Research Center

Climate Justice Fair Tabling

Climate Justice Fair Fall 2023

Zero Waste Team in the Zero Waste Bin

Zero Waste Team

Graph of 3D Web of Zero Waste

3D Web

The Zero Waste Research Center (ZWRC) at the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) actualizes innovative zero-waste programs and educational initiatives toward a closed-loop system at UC Berkeley.

The ZWRC supports student-led collaborative projects, researches the environmental and social impacts of waste, and engages with the wider community about waste solutions. Today, the Zero Waste Research Center is focusing its efforts on: 

  • SERC Green Team

  • 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project

  • Vermicomposting Team

History of Zero Waste 

The ZWRC was founded in 2012 by Campus Recycling and Refuse Services (now known as Cal Zero Waste) and The Green Initiative Fund, when CRRS Staff Assistants Kimberly Lam and Claire Porter won a $19,000   TGIF Grant. The goal of the ZWRC was to develop a team of undergraduate students who would focus on upstream strategies towards waste diversion,  researching preventative and creative solutions on reducing waste at UC Berkeley. Since then, more than 25 students have served as ZWRC staff, conducting research and leading a variety of waste reduction projects. Over 80 SERC members have volunteered to assist with these projects since Fall 2018.

Previous projects include: