ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
The Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge is a unique 6-month accelerator program focused on identifying effective, evidence-based approaches that will curb the flow of plastic into the ocean, with a specific focus on marine conservation and marine cultural preservation areas along California’s coast. The program runs January – June, 2021, and participants will engage in a series of virtual short courses, team-based research, and a final two-day challenge to pitch solutions.
The Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge is a partnership between the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII) at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego.
We are working towards systemic solutions that end the plastics problem, not just clean up the problem that exists today. This requires a focus on upstream solutions to reduce plastic production and reduce the generation of plastic waste. This program is bringing together multidisciplinary expertise that will build a systems perspective of the plastic pollution problem, and spark innovative and thoughtful ideas and strategies.
APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN
Applications are due by November 13, 2020, 5PM PST. There are no fees to apply or to participate in the program.
We are seeking students, professionals, and entrepreneurs with an interest or background in relevant topics such as ocean and coastal sciences, behavioral sciences, data science, economics, engineering, policy, resource management, community engagement, and more. You do not need to be a UC San Diego student to apply. All nationalities are welcome to apply.
January – February, 2021
Participants engage in a series of six short courses (virtual, 1.5 hours each) led by experts in the fields of natural science, behavioral science, economics, policy, social entrepreneurship, and more.
Short courses and moderators are listed in the FAQs below!
March – May, 2021
Participants will form teams (virtual) and be supported by UC San Diego and other mentors while they investigate research questions to apply to the plastics problem in California.
Following an expert review, teams will present (virtual) their new findings to all participants to inspire new ways of thinking about solutions.
June 7 – 8, 2021
The grand event is a 2-day challenge! Participants will be placed into teams to develop innovative solutions to minimize plastic from entering the ocean and polluting specific sites within California’s marine conservation areas and marine cultural preservation areas.
Teams will pitch their ideas and proposals to an expert panel.