About Us

Suzanne and Julie are experienced educators who present in a warm, engaging, and down-to-earth style who can tailor workshops to children or adults. Contact us today to find out how we can support you and your community with local talks and workshops.


Suzanne Balbo is a teacher, traveler, organic gardener, and general DIY wizard. She lives on her solar-powered hobby farm with her husband and daughter, where she produces the bulk of her family’s food. As a person with multiple health challenges and food allergies, she is especially sensitive to the difficulty in living zero waste when you have more restrictions than the average person.

Julie Olson, cofounder of Zero Waste ME

Julie Olson is a librarian who shares her suburban home with her husband and son and beloved rescue pets. A dedicated supporter of Community Supported Agriculture and shopping locally, Julie loves finding nearby resources that support zero waste and spreading the word with others.