The Sustainability Edit - taking action to make impactful changes at home

Course length

6 weeks

Facilitator

Meg Koch

Starting Date

April 12th, 2021

Course Price

€180

Create a positive impact in just 6 weeks.  Not only will you drastically reduce the amount of waste in your home without spending too much time & money, or sacrificing convenience,  you’ll create new habits and behaviors that will have a significant impact on the environment and a positive influence on your health.

Who is this course for?

This is for you, if:


  • You believe something needs to be done to address the amount of waste you are creating at home, but aren’t sure where/how to start

  • You are overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and don’t want to waste time researching solutions that may not be available locally

  • You want to start making changes that have a positive impact...but aren’t quite ready for a complete ‘green’ lifestyle overhaul just yet

  • You are ready to learn how individual actions can make a difference, and willing to begin putting them into practice

  • You want a community that is approachable, and that will support and encourage you as you make changes; not criticize or judge you for being ‘imperfect’

What will you learn?
This 6-week course gives you the tools and knowledge to implement changes to your habits and behaviors that have a positive impact on both the planet, and your health. Get the support and encouragement you need as you tackle your waste, developing a personalized action plan tailored to your needs and location; not a one-size-fits-all approach…
Topics that will be covered:

You will:


  • Reduce your waste:  Do your part for the planet and have a positive impact by understanding the systems and resources available in Berlin — and how best to navigate, and utilize them for your benefit  (recycling, circular systems, secondhand, re-use, and repair alternatives)

  • Identify the chief waste offenders in your household by doing a plastic audit and identifying tangible ways you can take action

  • Develop a personalized action plan for reducing the negative impact created when purchasing everyday goods, tailored to your individual priorities and lifestyle

  • Discover the best, local places in your Kiez to help you achieve low-waste success and to ensure making the changes are as convenient as possible

  • Get direct access to Meg’s experience, knowledge, and resources with weekly group coaching calls

  • Save time with a structured and proven approach

  • Team up with other like-minded individuals to build your confidence and ensure accountability

  • Worksheets, videos, weekly tasks, and curated content to keep you engaged and focused

  • A 30 min 1:1 coaching call with Meg at the end of the course to ensure you can confidently move forward with your action plan, and that you are poised for success

  • A 3-month post-Cohort check-in with the group to celebrate wins, discuss any setbacks and share progress, preparing you for “leveling up” and tackling the next challenge on your plan

What will you achieve by attending this course?

Knowledge and peace of mind that you are personally taking action to do something about the climate crisis by educating yourself and modifying your habits to become a more conscious consumer.


Confidence that the solutions identified are personalized, achievable, and realistic -- they work for you and your lifestyle and can be implemented locally.


A positive social impact, simply by voting with your wallet.  Disposing of waste properly, avoiding single-use, and making conscious decisions not only ensures you are doing your best to tackle a very big problem, and do your part...you are also sending a clear message to those around you, that our actions have an impact, no matter how small they may seem.

Meet your facilitator

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The Sustainability Edit - taking action to make impactful changes at home

Meg Koch

Meg Koch is on a mission to help consumers change their consumption habits to be more sustainable.  After spending the past 15+ years in the advertising and technology industries helping companies convince people to buy things they didn’t need, she decided to quit her job and create a positive social impact by empowering others to harness their purchasing power for good. 


By taking the pressure and stigma out of Zero Waste and making it more inclusive and approachable — discouraging perfectionism and encouraging her clients to ‘discover their shade of green,’ —she empowers others to make a difference via simple, yet impactful changes.


Book a free call with Meg here

What is the format of the course?
  • 6x Live group coaching calls (90 min ea.)

  • Custom worksheets, checklists, DIY solutions, and videos to guide you along the way and provide structure

  • Supplemental resources and content to increase your knowledge on key sustainability topics and foster discussion

  • On-going support and accountability with a group of like-minded individuals

  • Access to a custom map and list of local resources

  • Individual coaching call with Meg (30 min)

  • 3-month progress group check-in call (90 min)

Take an active part in your learning.


The facilitator will create a collaborative learning experiences focused on delivering tangible results and keeping you accountable to your specific challenges and goals.


Learn with a community that cares.


This course is designed to stimulate peer to peer learning, support and exchange.  You'll join an intimate Cluster of like-minded learners on the Clustered app, where you can interact, debate,  as questions and get instant feedback.

Get all the content in one place.

You'll get different curated content and exercises each week for each topic you'll cover, which will help you keep track of your progress and get closer to your goal.

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What is the cost of the course?

€180


What is the schedule?

WEEK 1: Laying the groundwork and deciphering the Berlin Waste system

In this module you will get a crash course in:


  • The do’s and don’ts of recycling in Berlin (what goes where, and whether or not BioPlastik is really as good as it sounds)

  • The benefits of BioGut, and how to use it properly (what’s allowed; what’s not)

  • Mehrweg vs. Einweg (circular economy vs. single-use), how to identify what’s what, and why one system is superior to the other

  • The benefits of doing a plastic audit, and what you’ll need in order to do a plastic audit of your household (which will be run in parallel to the course for the next 4 weeks)


WEEK 2: Putting knowledge into action & exploring alternatives to your normal shopping approach

In this module you will:


  • Learn how to identify the more sustainable choice on-shelf, and start implementing impactful changes right away

  • Explore the alternative options available to buying new (second-hand, unverpackt, rescued, online)

  • Get an intro to shopping in bulk (identify local unverpackt options, as well as online delivery possibilities)

  • Get a chance to check-in and discuss the progress of your plastic audit (week 1)


WEEK 3: Reducing Food Waste, tackling your ‘ Impossible list’, and identifying your ‘chief offender’

In this module you will:


  • Find out how to get the most out of your groceries with some useful tips and tricks to reduce food waste

  • Gain insight into labels and technologies already available which naturally extend the life of your fruit and veg

  • Get the down-lo on how you should organize your fridge for more efficiency, and less waste (as well as the option to determine how your fridge scores when it comes to energy efficiency)

  • Explore DIY as an option for avoiding single-use plastic

  • Start exploring alternatives to items on your ‘Impossible list’, and begin to expand that list to cover the bathroom

  • Get a chance to check-in and discuss the progress of your plastic audit (halfway-point check)


WEEK 4: Understanding the impact of Plastics and Microplastics in your home

In this module you will:


  • Better understand the impact of plastics on your health and environment (endocrine), and what you can start doing immediately to reduce your risk

  • Identify common places microplastics can be found throughout your home, and pinpoint the ones you want to start eliminating first

  • Explore menstrual products and their impact from both a waste and health perspective….and the alternative options already available on the market.

  • Get a chance to check-in and discuss the progress of your plastic audit (week 4 check-in)


WEEK 5:  Assessing your Plastic Audit and identifying your chief offenders

In this module you will:


  • Assess your plastic audit, compile the results, and start creating your action plan

  • Determine your priorities and plan of attack

  • Do some on-the-ground scouting to assess the options available in your Kiez

  • Map out your different type of “shops” based on how much time you have, the frequency required, and time commitment

  • Identify any additional topics that aren't part of the kitchen/bath (eg pet care, on-the-go, energy efficiency)


WEEK 6:  Starting small, then leveling up from there: Putting your plan into action, Troubleshooting, progress & next steps

In this module you will:


  • Evaluate your initial achievements and troubleshoot any issues you might be having

  • Identify your one main focus, and your potential ‘level up’ action to tackle after mastering the first item on your list

  • Schedule your 30 min 1:1 coaching call, and lock down a date for the 3-month post-cohort reunion