Challenging the
Consumption Economy

– Mission –
The POI 2018 College Road Tour will:
  • Highlight the people, companies, and movements that are challenging the Linear Consumption Economy, and intervening at points along a wasteful and unjust system to build a better model.
  • Empower young people to realize their individual skills and passions as essential parts of a collective solution.
  • Spread the message that “Nobody Can Do Everything, But Everybody Can Do Something”. Together, we can fix a broken system.
– Speakers  –
Each of our panel speakers has been chosen for their work that is not only chipping away at the Linear Consumption Economy model, but doing so in a way that activates their unique skills, passions, and lived experiences. Their innovative ideas are permeating into a vareity of spaces, from the factory to frontline communities, where the implications of climate change, waste, and social inequity are manifesting themselves in acute ways.
Intervention before Extraction
Junior Walk
Junior Walk

Junior Walk has been working with various anti-surface mining organizations in the Appalachian region for the past six years. He has done everything from lobbying on federal and state levels, gathering data for lawsuits against coal companies, and even getting arrested doing direct action on surface mines and corporate offices. Junior now serves as the outreach coordinator for Coal River Mountain Watch, a role in which he spends his time helping educate people about the effects coal extraction has had on his community. He has also been monitoring for permit violations and documenting ongoing surface mining operations on Coal River Mountain, the last intact mountain in the Coal River watershed.

Intervention before Manufacturing
B Corporation Speakers
For this tour, we are partnering with B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corporations (companies meeting the highest standards of social & environmental performance, transparency, and accountability) to work with each campus to identify a speaker in their area. With B Lab’s support, and our on-going partnership with over two dozen Certified B Corporations including Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, Preserve, and more, we will work with each campus to select a speaker to represent the role that corporations can play in developing durable products, eliminating disposable packaging, and moving towards a circular economy.
Intervention before Consumption
Amira Odeh
Amira’s work in a campaign titled “No Más Botellas” at the University of Puerto Rico was successful in making one of their campuses the first Latin American University to ban the sale of bottled water. She has represented her country at the UN Climate talks and  been a part of the Sierra Student Coalition training program, facilitating leadership workshops to youth in Puerto Rico and the United States.
Intervention before Disposal
Pashon Murray
Working to reduce the carbon footprint of Detroit by revitalizing neighborhoods, Pashon Murray is finding solutions to re-use or recycle everyday organic waste.  In fact, to Pashon, there is no such thing as waste, and she is on a mission to eliminate landfill use. Murray co-founded Detroit Dirt in 2010, a local composting company that is focused on creating a circular economy in Detroit.  By diverting organic waste from landfills and turning it into compost, she can help make Detroit a leader in this area, and create a scalable model for other cities. She is passionate about integrating closed-loop systems for corporations, cities, and states across the nation.  Pashon is a MIT Media Lab Fellow, a proud Detroiter, and continues to be recognized as a leader in the zero-waste movement.
Intervention at the Source of Disposal
To Be Determined
We have yet to finalize our fifth speaker for the tour, who will represent one of the many frontlines efforts against the unjust infrastructure at the end of the linear model: landfills and incinerators. There are thousands of communities organizing against the citing and expansion of these toxic facilities, and they represent a crucial voice in our fight against waste. If you are interested in recommending a speaker, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Email nim@postlandfill.org.

– Bring Us to Your Campus –

Every stop on this tour will be unique, as we work with each campus to organize a convergence of all types of passions, skills, expertise among the student body. A typical tour stop will have a festival-style engagement with interactive activities focused on repair, reuse, and sustainable consumption. Representatives from local and national businesses focused on building the circular economy will also take part. Ultimately, these festivals will invite students together in a fun and engaging way to showcase what real solutions can look like. Festival components could include:
  • A DIY Clothing Repair Station
  • Skills Workshops on sewing, composting, bike repair, or homemade personal hygiene products
  • Upcycled art installation/competition
  • Tabling by campus organizations
  • Local Food Trucks or Cooperatives
  • Games and campus trivia with sustainable product raffle prizes
The festival will be followed by an evening presentation with our panel of speakers. These individuals are featured for the passion, skills and expertise that they have exercised through unique solutions to local problems. A roundtable discussion style of presentations will allow students to hear more about our speakers work, and apply their stories towards activating their own local solutions.
Application

Timeline:

May 1st: applications due!
May 15th: potential campuses notified
May 15-26th: interviews conducted with designated campus contacts
September 15th: final campuses chosen
September 22nd: tour schedule finalized

POI Campus Participant Application 2018

Campus Information

In order to plan and execute this event successfully, it is imperative that we stay in close contact with the staff and students that will work to bring these events to life. Please provide at least one faculty/staff member, and at least one student who are committed to being the primary contacts for PLAN to coordinate with.

Campus Contacts

Event Funding & Partners

The total cost of bringing this event to campus is $12,000-15,000. This fee includes honorariums for speakers, programming costs and supplies, organizational efforts and all the other logistical expenses of running a tour of this scale (hotels, gas, vehicle rentals, etc.). For ideas on who to reach out to on campus to help front this cost, see the "Campus Funding Information" tab below.

Campus Zero Waste Efforts

Long-Term Impact

Sending
Campus Funding Information

This panel is intended to appeal to as many students with as many diverse backgrounds and interests as possible. As such, we encourage campuses to cast a wide net while searching for funding on campus – broadening the support base beforehand will broaden the audience at the event itself! Here is a short list of groups and departments we encourage you to reach out to and partner with for the tour stop on your campus:

  • Funds for large speaking events (presidential speaker series, student union speakers series, etc)
  • Sustainability office/department
  • Student activity fee funds
  • Green fee funds
  • Student organizations of varying interests, including but certainly not limited to:
    • Sustainability and zero waste groups, Net Impact chapters and social business groups, diversity support coalitions, LGBTQIA+ groups, black student unions, mosaico and latinx groups, outdoor adventure clubs, sustainable food and agriculture, student run farms, etc.
  • Deans of major colleges on campus, particularly colleges of:
    • Business, economics, environmental and physical sciences, agriculture, marketing, social innovation and entrepreneurship, outdoor leadership, nonprofit management, etc.
  • Campus Departments that support student leadership and job training:
    • Office of Community Service and Learning, Fellowships, Jobs and Internships, Leadership, etc.
  • Offices of diversity and inclusion
  • Academic departments/specific courses with professors that would encourage students to attend the talk from their classes – this is a great experiential learning opportunity!
  • Off-campus groups with similar missions and goals.

Questions? Email Nim@postlandfill.org

– What are the “Points of Intervention”? –

With 60 percent of global greenhouse gas output coming directly from the stuff we consume, it is clear that climate change, waste, and the social inequities that result are not issues in isolation from one another. Rather, these global woes are symptoms of a collectively flawed system: the Linear Consumption Economy. The hand-me-down of current affairs can leave our generation feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Fortunately, there are many points along this economic model at which we can intervene.

Challenging the Consumption Economy: The Points of Intervention Tour will travel to college and university campuses across the country, sharing the stories of individuals who are peeling back the pieces of this broken system in their own way for a just transition to a circular economy. From local food production to harnessing renewable energy, this tour will show students that activating their unique experiences and passions is a part of this fight, and that while nobody can do everything, everyone can do something.

We refer to these actions along the Linear Consumption trajectory as Points of Intervention: specific places in a system where a targeted action can effectively interrupt the functioning of a system as a whole and open the way to change. Whether they are physical (i.e. an expanding landfill) or ideological (i.e. planned obsolescence of consumer products), these points serve as avenues to better understand, and ultimately reconstruct, the Linear Consumption Economy.

 

There are countless ways to intervene, so we will be highlighting a few that encompass issues of waste, climate change, and environmental justice:

Resistance:
Halting dirty resource extraction operations that are jeopardizing the health of surrounding habitats and communities, while reinforcing a reliance on fossil fuels.
Redesign:
What we buy doesn’t have to be made to break. Planned obsolescence is being replaced with extended producer responsibility and modular products that are repairable and built to last.
Regulation:
Passing legislation that prohibits landfills and incinerator expansion, particularly in areas of low income and communities of color.
Redistribution:

Creating markets that ensure equitable distribution of goods and services, so that folks growing, stitching, and building consumer products also reap the benefits of their labor.  

Reuse/Repair:
Empowering our generation to mend, stitch, and prolong the life of their stuff, so that we own that stuff, and don’t just mindlessly consume it.

– Our Partners –

We are excited to involve companies whose missions align with the ethos of this project to help build fun and engaging activations at each tour stop and contribute to the events in a meaningful way. Check out our Partners Page to see some of the companies we have worked with on similar projects, such as Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, iFixit, Guayaki, Preserve Products, World Centric, and more.

Interested in getting involved as a partner? Email Audrey@postlandfill.org

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