Designing Leadership for a Zero Waste Campus

Originally published at on September 13, 2018.

Project Overview

San Francisco’s goal is to become a zero-waste city by the year 2025. As CCA is a non-profit educational institution that encourages sustainable practices, we identified an opportunity to help promote this mission that very few individuals on campus seemed to be aware of. The Zero-Waste Roadmap is a collection of frameworks designed in partnership with David Meckel, to help CCA become a zero-waste campus. Read more about the Zero Waste Roadmaps here.

What would leadership look like for this change to happen?

What are the loopholes and leverage points of the system?

Who has the power to drive this change?

Current System

Current Organizational Structure at CCA
  • Division of Labour
  • Chaos
  • Hierarchical
  • Process Oriented
  • Formal Roles
  • Centralized
  • Unequal power
  • Innovation
  • Meritocracy
  • Culture over Strategy

Opportunity Statement

How does leadership need to change for CCA to become a zero-waste campus?

Leverage Point

Student Initiative and Influence (Self Organization+Rules)

How can students have more agency?

Autonomy | Knowledge | Resources

A Zero Waste Group at CCA

A student-led initiative to work with the new Sustainability Initiative Group on Campus (Administrative body comprised of Faculty and Staff), the Chimera Council (student council), the Grad Alliance (communication body for graduate students), and ISAP (International Student Affairs/Programs) to facilitate conversation and conduct events and workshops to increase awareness and incentive for zero-waste practices among students.

View the New Organizational Structure proposed at