Inclusive Zero Waste Engagement in a Virtual Environment and Beyond

Stakeholder: Kikei Wong

Team Leaders: Kyle Alves, Maddie Wilson

Team Members: Simon Dionson,  Laura Edwards, Sierra Hagen, Rachel Minden

Project Description:

The 2020-2021 Academic Waste Diversion team will work to better understand the ways in which zero waste may not be accessible to the UCLA community, focusing specifically on the varying demographics of the UCLA populace during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this data may inform appropriate action in regards to UCLA policies of zero waste and the single use plastic ban. In order to maximize outreach and to better understand potential disconnect between the UCLA community and zero waste, we will focus on students who have experience and knowledge of zero waste practices as well as those who may not have this experience or knowledge. Once we have addressed sources of disconnect, we will focus on establishing waste reduction resources and practices that are accessible and financially feasible for students. We must take into account the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presents in regards to changes in waste production, as well as limited accessibility to waste reduction practices. Additionally, we will investigate the capacity for UCLA to provide resources to students, while also determining how best to fill in the gaps wherein UCLA cannot. Overall, our team will create/compile communicative deliverables, facilitate surveys for UCLA affiliates, and collaborate with the Zero Waste Ambassadors and student organizations to promote waste reduction amongst the UCLA populace.