WasteWise Lane County: New sustainability class tackles climate change in county

WasteWise Lane County: New sustainability class tackles climate change in county
Posted on 05/17/2023

WasteWise Lane County’s Master Recycler Program—part of the Lane County Waste Management Division—is introducing a new course for all residents and businesses interested in taking decisive action to address climate change in Lane County.


The new “Sustainable Citizen Project”—running from June 6 to July 27—will teach program participants the highest-impact categories and the ‘right-now’ solutions to address the climate crisis, including actions to transform personal consumption, workplace practices, and governmental policy. Topics covered will include reducing wasted food, transportation, sustainability at home, land management, electricity, materials management, and empowering women.


Class source material was adopted from Project Drawdown, a leading resource for science-based climate solutions.


“Optimism, collaboration, and action are the keystones of this new class,” said Master Recycler Program Coordinator Kelly Bell. “Successful participants will demonstrate knowledge of harms associated with high-impact categories and corresponding actions they can take to make improvements. And perhaps most importantly, they will share findings with each other, public officials, and business leaders while implementing individual and group responses.” 


The class will include facilitated discussion on weekly topics, videos, small group collaboration, presenters, tours, outside reading, and independent research.


An in-person class will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., June 7 through July 26, at the Waste Management Division in Glenwood. A separate online course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., from June 6 to July 27. Both groups will attend tours together.


Interested participants can register at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/masterrecyclers. Space is limited.


About WasteWise Lane County

WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools, and resources that residents, schools, and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. Follow WasteWise Lane County on Facebook and Instagram.


About the Master Recycler Program

Since 2000, Lane County Master Recyclers have volunteered over 53,000 hours and shared their waste prevention expertise with more than 153,000 community members. Every fall and winter, Lane County hosts a free nine-week course detailing complex waste management and recycling systems. Learn more at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/masterrecyclers.