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.


Julie Olson, cofounder of Zero Waste ME
Julie (Jules) Olson

Julie (Jules) Olson is a librarian and lifelong learner who shares her suburban home with her husband, son, and beloved rescue pets. A dedicated maker and a supporter of eating and shopping locally, Julie loves finding strategies and resources that support zero waste and spreading the word with others.

Suzanne Balbo

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.