EarthTeam Welcomes the Zero Litter Project

Zero Litter Banner Design

Students using Instagram to clean the planet? That’s the wild idea behind the Zero Litter Project, EarthTeam’s newest addition to a growing number of innovative sustainability education programs meeting the needs of urban teens throughout the East Bay Area. With support from State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board, the Alameda County Clean Water Program, the City of San Pablo and the Altamont Education Advisory Board, EarthTeam is beginning one of our most ambitious and exciting projects to date.

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How it Works 

The Zero Litter Project gets students using Instagram to collect litter data, remove litter and take action to educate their peers and communities to reduce litter at the source. EarthTeam has partnered with the litter removal organization Litterati to provide technical and field support for the students throughout their projects. 

Students will be using their school campus and surrounding neighborhoods as a living lab to conduct research, analyze results and implement action plans before branching out into the greater community to increase their impact and reach. In addition, students will explore their watershed as a context for learning and a way to connect litter to the larger ecosystem. 

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Where it Works

The Zero Litter Project will be making a big dent in litter throughout the East Bay Area, putting students in leadership roles to conduct litter research and develop and implement action plans in response to their findings. Currently EarthTeam is offering a Zero Litter Project year-long after school internship at Oakland and American High School and is planning to incorporate similar Zero Litter Project elements in multiple other after school internships and school projects throughout the year. 

To follow up on each school’s progress, check out the following blogs: 

American High School:

Oakland High School:


Want to get involved with the Zero Litter Project? Contact Program Manager Doug Streblow at 

*Thanks to our wonderful Litterati model and intern Eva Piroth.