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SCI 51 — Solving Climate Change: Promising Solutions of the 21st Century

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 6—Mar 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 19
Unit: 1
Tuition: $315
Instructor(s): Marina Oster
Status: Open
Winter
On-campus
Wednesdays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Feb 6—Mar 6
5 weeks
Drop By
Feb 19
1 Unit
Fees
$315
Instructor(s):
Marina Oster
Open
In this optimistic, solution-oriented course, we will examine the most powerful and innovative strategies for addressing climate change emerging today. We will build a comprehensive view looking across all sectors (consumer, community, government, technology, and conservation) that are involved in mitigating the climate change threat.

The course will start with a brief overview of how climate change works, and then we will turn to solutions. We will start with the consumer and take a close look at zero-waste strategies, changing approaches in transportation (e.g., electric vehicles, renewable fuel, truck platooning), and sustainable building design. Segueing to the community, we will explore the power of religious and academic institutions to enact lasting societal change. As we move over to government, we will examine powerful policies (Paris Climate Accords, carbon tax) and collaborations (the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). We will then dive into leading-edge technological innovation (carbon capture and storage, drone-tracked agricultural yield, solar-radiation management). Finally, we will travel around the world and discover conservation strategies producing remarkable results (e.g., living plant machines transforming septic water to drinking water, plastic-eating bacteria, and harnessing ocean circulation to clean up marine plastic pollution). 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; Instructor, Stanford High School Summer College

Marina Oster’s research looks at the effect of climate change on chemical communication of invasive weeds and plant/insect interactions. She has taught at Stanford in the departments of Biology and Psychiatry, in the Earth Systems Program, and at the Hopkins Marine Station. She received a PhD in biology from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

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