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Recycling and Resource Management

RRM 1, RRM 2, RRM 3, and RRM 4 are part of a Certificate program within the Sustainable Technologies Program. Students interested in a degree or certificate in Recycling and Resource Management must attend the mandatory orientation on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm in Bus 111. For more information email:,

RRM 1, Introduction to Recycling Resource Management    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course introduces general terminology and principles regarding waste, recycling, resource management and Zero Waste. The history of waste and resource management in California, including residential, commercial and institutional reuse, recycling, and composting programs, is addressed. An overview of national, state, and local legislation and regulations related to waste and resource management and recycling is provided. The course covers waste diversion practices such as reduce, reuse, recycle, and also introduces principles in recovery, remanufacturing and repurchasing.

3248   3:00p-6:05p TTh   HSS 156   Charles V H
Above section 3248 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 14 to Apr 06.

RRM 2, Culture and Zero Waste    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: None.

This course will provide an overview of our “throw-away” culture and the motivations behind consumerism and related waste disposal practices. Key issues of the course include carbon footprint, plastics in our environment, consumer laws and cultural mindsets. The course will identify key government agencies and policies and how to collaborate and obtain funding for outreach. Environmental educational skills, programs, and methods will be reviewed. Case studies of successful youth campaigns will be explored and the basics of establishing strong educational programs examined.

4440   6:30p-9:35p TTh   HSS 156   Charles V H
Above section 4440 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 14 to Apr 06.

RRM 3, Resource Management and Zero Waste for Communities    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: None.

This course will identify 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 the systems. Students will also review sample sustainability and zero waste plans and will discuss different approaches communities have taken to developing Zero Waste goals. Students will also learn about tools for local government, best practices for RFPs (Request for Proposals) and contracts, enforcement options, design of resource recovery parks, performance reporting and financial records, Extended Producer Responsibility and Local Producer Responsibility policies and programs, bans, rules and incentives, and local markets and uses for discarded resources.

3249   3:00p-6:05p TTh   HSS 156   Huls J M
Above section 3249 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 18 to Jun 08.

RRM 4, Resource Management and Zero Waste in Business    3 units

Transfer: CSU   •   Prerequisite: None.

This course will provide hands-on applications and tools for businesses to design, implement and oversee waste reduction and resource management programs. It will review a variety of best practices for successful waste diversion and recovery in businesses, detailing how businesses can implement those practices to achieve Zero Waste. Examination of case studies will be used to demonstrate how different companies have implemented successful waste diversion and sustainability programs, including triple bottom line business practices. This course will also provide students with an understanding of how to plan and implement commercial food and organics programs.

4441   6:30p-9:35p TTh   HSS 154   Sasu S
Above section 4441 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 18 to Jun 08.

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