Eco Educational Programs

Zero Waste Flash Mob

  WHAT: Pump positive, human energy deep into the environment through inspirational dance, athletics, music, art and tons of sorted resources at every large event! Zero Waste Flash Mobs are launching at Off The Grid in San Francisco! Environmentalists, scientists, and politicians… know the world needs a healthier environment.  Can they make enough impact, on their own, and in time? Artists know that what inspires humanity isn’t data, it’s CREATIVITY! When you’re...

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LEAF Academy Summer Program

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The LEAF Academy program is for middle school kids ages 10-13 in the San Francisco Bay Area with teachers from Presidio Hill School, Edison Charter School and beyond! Visit a fantastic student blog documenting their experiences and learning at LEAF student vlog. See what LEAF Academy is about at LEAF Academy – The Movie! LEAF at a Glance Location: Matter of Trust Eco-Center 3338 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 10 days - (Monday-Friday) from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm Age Group -  Middle...

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Succulent Terrarium Workshop at the Eco-Center

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In this fun, hands-on workshop, you learn how to design and build a succulent terrarium in less than 2 hours. We first discuss what succulents are, how to take care of them (it’s easy!), and how to propagate them.   Then, we demonstrate how to build a terrarium. Next, you select succulents and make your very own glass orb terrarium.  It’s a hands-on workshop with plenty of design advice and help along the way. You’ll practically be a terrarium guru by the time you leave!

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Racing to Zero

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ABOUT :  Racing To Zero is a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge. Three years ago the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020. Racing to Zero tracks San Francisco’s waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents...

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Tree of Wisdom at the Eco-Center

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Tree of Wisdom is an interactive exhibit with inspirational quotes, and suggestions for solving environmental challenges made by the public. Our Tree was created by Dr.Rosa Ten and Evelyne Thommassen.

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Permaculture Courses at the Eco-Center

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Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.  Over 50% of the world’s population now live in urban centers and the number is growing.   Adopting strategies to meet our needs in a sane and ethical way is critical. Through a mix of classroom discussions, small group work and hands-on activities, this course explores methods of designing and establishing regenerative communities and economies. The training offers the opportunity to...

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Wrap Star Program

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The Wrap Star Program promotes reduction and use of compostable materials.  Most manufacturers use too much packaging for their products.  Let’s band together to encourage companies to rethink their choices.  If the public chooses to buy products that are packaged in an environmentally friendly way, this reduces the amount of plastic that ultimately winds up in our oceans. In Germany, there was a public mobilization to leave all packaging at the counter and the stores ended up with so much...

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Eco-Industry Apprenticeships Program

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  Matter of Trust is a strong advocate for apprenticeship programs and the importance of distinction, dignity, and recognition for excellence within sectors and vocations.  Many of the programs that we work with involve manufacturing, stockpiles of materials, packaging, and logistics. We have seen sectors like the textile trade dwindle before our eyes in the US.  The shining stories of artisans and craft and maker fairs are where many turn for examples of ingenuity and fine handiwork...

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Matter of Trust Eco-Center

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Matter of Trust is very excited to now have an Eco-Center in San Francisco! Located in the vibrant Mission District neighborhood with a mix of cultures, long-time San Francisco established and new trendy shops and restaurants as well as homes and apartments. The center is a visually stimulating hub for walk-in visitors, field trips, after school programs, interns, apprenticeships, lectures.… Features include permanent and rotating exhibits about our programs, reference materials...

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Peace of Mind Kits

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Peace of Mind Kits are our ecological compliment to the “Disaster Kit.”  There are a lot of ways to reduce waste (batteries, plastic water bottles) and expired conventional “kit” components. This program researches fun, off-the-grid, low stress lifestyle choices that provide well-being even in times of crisis. We are also compiling positive outlook, outside-the-box lesson plans for teachers and schools that want to incorporate Peace of Mind kits into their curriculum and emergency...

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Green Energy Millions (GEM) Campaign

  Our Green Energy Millions (GEMs) campaign is a connection between our current lifestyles and our earth.   We’ve gathered bite-size, quick, inexpensive commitments that every individual can do.  Join us and make your GEMs here today for a brighter, greener future!   This is a great activity for students and teachers!   Click on GEMs for a brighter...

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Nats, Philos, Fools, and Funds

Naturalists, Philosophers, Foolhardy and Grassroots Organizers are invited to online and onsite roundtables hosted by Matter of Trust. We invite the public to send us challenges for discussion and bring sector experts to the same table with funders and green business entrepreneurs in order to discuss how best to concentrate our collective resources for maximum benefits. No idea is too wild, no challenge is too great!  Recycling hair clippings from salon floors  to clean up oil spills, making...

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Good Karma Exchange

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Another easy and convenient way to join in Matter of Trust programs is to take part in our “Fun-raisers” developed for all Excess Access donors and other visitors to our sites. When you’re bitten by a philanthropy bug, you may not have time to volunteer and still you want to contribute.  We firmly believe that what you give, you get back tenfold and that’s a good karma exchange rate! We also continually research grassroots nonprofits that post wish lists on Excess Access. When...

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