|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of California, Berkeley
IN-50: Innovation D
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SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
Sage Lenier, environmental activist and former Bonnie Reiss Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellow at the UCB Office of Sustainability, created a wildly popular course at her university dedicated to sustainable solutions and circular systems thinking against the broader backdrop of environmental justice. In Spring 2020, the course enrolled more than 300 students eager to learn how they can drive the shift towards a more ethical and sustainable society.
First offered in Spring 2018, the course begins with learning about the science of modern waste streams and the history of “trash,” then dives into the circular economy, cradle-to-cradle design, the industrialization of modern food, sustainable cities and architecture, climate change and politics and decarbonization.
Sage Lenier accepted the UC Academics Award at the California Higher Education Conference on Sustainability in July 2019 for creating this curriculum. Press: https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/07/12/sustainability-best-practice-awards/
The course is now being offered online with Zero Waste USA. https://zerowasteusa.org/2021/01/zero-waste-solutions-for-a-sustainable-future/
Sage aims to turn this curriculum into a book in order to continue to educate people and create a better equipped and larger environmental movement.
Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Berkeley News article: https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/09/11/decal-class-zero-waste/
World Economic Forum article: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/i-created-a-class-to-teach-zero-waste/
DeCal course listing: https://decal.berkeley.edu/courses/4902