"Solutions for a Sustainable & Just Future" is an award-winning* crash-course, Everything We Can Do to Save The Planet 101 that aims to equip its students with the tools necessary for changing the fate of humanity. We begin with an in-depth look at consumption, waste streams, and the materials that modern society is made of. Following that, we delve into the circular economy, cradle-to-cradle design, the industrialization of modern food, sustainable cities & architecture, climate change & politics, environmental justice, decarbonization, and more. This course is solutions-based, with scalable actions that you can implement in your life, community, and career to properly address the ecological crisis. Past students agree that it will invariably change your life and make you see the world differently.
Students are required to attend a weekly, 1.5-hour-long lecture and contribute reflective discussion posts throughout the semester Two absences are permitted during the semester. The class concludes with a take-home, open-response final (open to alteration). The course is supplemented with short videos and articles that students are asked to access outside of lecture.
- Students are equipped to make informed personal and political decisions regarding the topics discussed in class.
- Students have learned to view every resource as valuable and limited.
- Students leave the class feeling inspired and capable of making positive change in
*The DeCal’s creator, Sage Lenier, accepted the UC Academics Award at the California Higher Education Conference on Sustainability in July 2019 for creating this curriculum.
|Ellinor Arzbaecher, Isabel Cabrera, Nicole Parker
|Valley Life Sciences 2050