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SCI 51 — Solving Climate Change: Pathways for Sustainable Change

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Apr 13—May 4
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 15
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $285
Instructor(s): Marina Oster
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 13—May 4
4 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 15
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Marina Oster
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In this course, we will examine the most powerful and innovative strategies emerging today for addressing climate change. We will build a comprehensive view looking across all sectors that are involved in mitigating the climate-change threat. After a brief overview of how climate change impacts us, we will turn to solutions. We will start with the consumer and take a close look at zero-waste strategies (especially for the home), new approaches in transportation (the rise in ebikes), and sustainable building design. Segueing to the community, we will explore the power of academic and religious (Episcopal Church engagement in the climate movement) institutions to enact lasting societal change. As we move over to government, we will examine powerful policies and collaborations (facilitating a circular economy). We will then dive into leading-edge technological innovation. Finally, we will travel around the world and discover conservation strategies that are producing remarkable results. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive and practical understanding of the wide range of available solutions to climate change and will be equipped to take action if they so desire.

Marina Oster, Climate Scientist

Marina Oster has taught at Stanford for over a decade, where she received her PhD in biology, specializing in climate change. She advises both universities and individuals on sustainability. Oster founded Carry Joy Inside, a life-coaching practice specializing in climate grief and resilience, which develops leadership.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.