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Joy of Garbage

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Spring 2011
Environmental Science 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Around the globe, human and non-human populations are feeling the effects of bad “garbage” policies – from electronic waste, recycling practices, landfills, incinerators, the dumping of hazardous materials, reckless or even unintended pollution of terrestrial and aquatic environments, and so forth.

            This class aims to highlight some of the major trends and issues wrapped up in these crises. We will look at policies here on the UC Campus, in the Bay Area, as well as national and international issues. Further, we will constantly be returning to the questions of why such problems exist as they do today, trying get to the roots of the matter. This requires a very multi-disciplinary approach, as these issues certainly are complex and often rooted in subtle cultural attitudes. Thus, we hope to bring ethical, political, economic, social, and other perspectives into our discussions and search for solutions.             Guest speakers will talk to us about issues they specialize in, from environmental-justice, landfill design and operations, zero-waste philosophies, the pros and cons to recycling, composting, etc. 

How to Enroll:

There are no prerequisites for this course. Enrollment will be based on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment is capped at 30 so enroll asap. 

This class requires very little outside work. Class participation is at the heart of this class -- we want to hear what you have to say. 

NOTE: First class will be held on Wednesday, February 2nd. Please email us (or check this site again before Wednesday) for class time and date. 

Course Contact: palmasi13 AT gmail.com, gianni AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Matt Kondolf

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
LecturePouneh Almasi
3085 EvansW 5p-7p2/02started30827 (lower)
30917 (upper)

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