Lecture 55 – Urban Sustainability: Restricted Access


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.