Instructor: Sara Pesek
The class will begin with a crash course on solid waste management, which we will call sustainable materials management to acknowledge the unrealized opportunity and value of reusing, or avoiding the use of, these materials. Students will study consumption patterns, and current trends in waste management Including the economic argument for different waste solutions. Students will also have hands-on learning opportunities Including visits to a compost facility, a recycling plant, and discussions with experts in areas from organics, to sewage. to creative reuse. Along with these substantive topical lessons, students will engage In workshops on teambuilding. presentation skllls, and memo/report writing, all In the service of a professional final presentation and project for the client.
A few weeks Into the semester, as the students are developing a base knowledge of materials management Issues as well as techniques for successfully managing the workload, they will take up the project work. The students will focus on LESEC's current e-waste and composting program and create strategies to scale up the programs. Including identifying schools and other nonprofits In the that could be project partners. They will develop messaging that educates the public about the importance of sustainably managing materials, as well as looking for holes In the education currently being providing to the public. The students will be guided through a series of meetings with staff from the LESEC to align the progress with the organization's needs. However the hope Is that the results will be valuable beyond the work of the Ecology Center, and perhaps may have relevance for the students' personal lives. home communities and other municipalities, and even NYU's campus.
Watch this capstone presentation on YouTube.