Sustainability & Resource Management:

Sustainability & Resource Management Course Descriptions

course overview 

The sustainability and resource management curriculum explore recycling and resource management from a variety of perspectives, providing students with an in-depth study of waste and resource management. Emphasizing cultural, community, and business applications, the four core courses (SRM 180, 185, 190, and 195) combine to form a 12-Unit Certificate of Proficiency in Recycling and Zero Waste. By adding a 3-unit elective and an internship (CWE 168, 3-Units), students may earn an 18-unit Certificate of Achievement in Recycling and Resource Management.

SRM 180 Introduction to Recycling and Resource Management (3 Units)

This course introduces students to general concepts and principles regarding wasting, recycling, resource management and zero waste. It provides an overview of the history of wasting and recycling in California, including residential, commercial and institutional reuse, recycling, and composting programs. The course addresses state legislation and regulations related to resource management and recycling; zero waste principles; and the major concepts of reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, remanufacture, and repurpose. SRM 180 was formerly offered as ENVT 180.

SRM 185 Culture and Zero Waste (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of green marketing and educational strategies for promoting recycling and zero waste concepts and behaviors to the public. Key issues include the origins and environmental impact of consumer culture, social media tools and community-based outreach models for conducting zero waste campaigns, and public policies and government agencies that address problems of resource management. The course also identifies the job skills necessary for a career in resource and recycling management. SRM 185 was formerly offered as ENVT 185.

SRM 190 Resource Management and Zero Waste for Communities (3 Units)

This course investigates how resource management and zero waste policies and programs are developed within a community, what type of planning and facilities are needed, and how to finance and enforce the systems. Topics include business recycling tools for local government; best practices for RFPs (Request for Proposals) and contracts; enforcement options, designing systems and facilities to support Zero Waste; developing local markets and uses; performance reporting and financial records; and EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility). Students will review sample Zero Waste community plans and discuss different approaches communities have taken to developing their plans. SRM 190 was formerly offered as ENVT 190.

SRM 195 Resource Management and Zero Waste in Business (3 Units)

This course is designed to provide with the tools necessary to design, implement, and oversee waste reduction and resource management programs for businesses, as well as commercial food and organics recycling programs. The course investigates the components, processes, and principles involved in planning a successful Zero Waste business program. Students examine case studies to identify how different companies have addressed and resolved issues in pursuing zero waste. SRM 195 was formerly offered as ENVT 195.

Additional Elective Courses (Choose One)

  • GEOG 20: Global Environmental Problems (3 units)
  • ECON 6: Environmental and Resource Economics (3 units)

CWE 168 Cooperative Work Experience in Resource Management (3-Units)

This course provides students an opportunity for supervised work experience. Students extend their classroom-based occupational learning by working at a job related to their major and to their occupational goal. Student, instructor, and employer will cooperatively develop a minimum of three learning objectives. One unit of credit will be awarded for each 75 hours of paid or 60 hours of volunteer employment for successful completion of learning objectives, and for attendance at scheduled seminar sessions. To complete the Recycling and Resource Management Certificate requirements, students must complete 3-Units of CWE (a minimum of 225 hours of paid or 180 hours of volunteer employment).

Note: students are required to secure a paid or volunteer position before enrolling in Cooperative Work Experience. Hours of employment completed prior to enrollment and instructor approval may not be counted toward CWE requirements.


Jodi Titus
Faculty Advisor

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