EC.716/EC.786 D-Lab: Waste

Zero Waste communities

D-Lab: Waste

D-Lab: Waste is an introductory class that provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understand challenges related with waste globally. It provides a platform for cradle-to-cradle design, upcycling, diminishment of environmental impacts or enterprise opportunities for marginalized populations among others.

The course, comprised of lectures, fieldtrips, labs and guest speakers, studies zero-waste strategies worldwide; examines different models of collection, recycling, waste management and businesses developed in low-income settings and researches public policy that supports sustainable, integrated waste management systems.

Throughout the course student teams engage in the development of solutions around waste-related challenges in partnership with wastepickers, municipal governments, private sector or community organizations. Partial funding is available for some student travel and out-of-country fieldwork related to this class.

Read about the Zero Waste International Development Design Summit organized by IDIN and D-Lab: Waste Instructor Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar. Blog.

You can find the class syllabus here

Instructor Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar bio.

Instructor Kate Mytty bio.


Course Information
Instructors: Kate Mytty, Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar
Semester Offered: Fall (Offered since 2011)
Lecture Location: N51-310 (MW), 7-307 (F)
Lecture Times: MW10-11:30, F2-4
Units (credit hours) 3-2-4
Class Size: 16 students
Grading: A/B/C/D/F