Lecture 55 – Urban Sustainability: Restricted Access

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One of the key obstacles to moving sustainability mainstream is legislation. Working with local policymakers to create the legal infrastructure necessary to support sustainability is truly empowering, and sends a strong message to the rest of the country, and the world, that people are seriously ready for this change.

San Francisco is a leader in this area, as they have a mandatory recycling and composting law, and focus on community education rather than government control. They are on a mission to get to zero waste, and are currently at about 80% organics diversion. Learn more about San Francisco’s innovative approaches to handling waste, and how their lessons can be applied elsewhere.