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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 23—Nov 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Marina Oster
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Oct 23—Nov 20
5 weeks
Drop By
Nov 5
1 Unit
Marina Oster
In this optimistic, solution-oriented 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 (consumer, community, government, technology, and conservation) that are involved in mitigating the climate change threat.

After a brief overview of how climate change works, we will turn to solutions. We will start with the consumer and take a close look at zero-waste strategies, new approaches in transportation (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 (the Paris Climate Agreement, carbon tax) and collaborations (the United Nations 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 (living plant machines transforming septic water to drinking water and plastic-eating bacteria). 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 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.