A Zero Waste Message for Earth Day

Over the years, Earth Day has meant different things in different places. Here in Baltimore, we are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Zero Waste Day that community activists from the Zero Waste Coalition organized last year, calling on our city leadership to leave behind a system focused on burning and burying our natural resources.

Support is growing for a just transition to a zero waste future that would benefit communities, workers, and our shared environment. Many of the Baltimore-based faculty and students of the Ecological Design Collective have joined this movement over the last year. Take a look at this new video to learn more about what we’ve been working on together.

Working for a Zero Waste Baltimore from the EDC’s 2021-22 Sustainable Design Practicum

The vision of a community-based resource recovery park in Baltimore is coming into focus as an alternative to toxic incineration. We’ve had the privilege of working closely with the South Baltimore Community Land Trust in the service of this idea, and we’ve been gratified by the support that anchor educational institutions are lending to the realization of this vision.

We hope that the alternative waste infrastructures that do emerge will meet the standards for justice and equity outlined by community leaders in Baltimore, and we look forward to working together to bring these ideas to life.

Do reach out to us if you’d like to get involved, and Earth Day wishes to you all!