Identifying a local, social issue
So, how did we come up with our ultimate challenge statement and solution? It was a long and thoughtful process beginning with out first meeting on campus. Our first meeting was a global affair with dedicated students on campus in LA, as well as students from San Francisco, India, and Taiwan joining in via Skype.
After the use of A LOT of post-it's, the group decided on some key issues found on the UCLA campus. Most of the issues fell into the categories of waste, energy, safety, and homelessness. The group then decided to focus on a problem related to eliminating waste on campus, specifically reducing the use of "single use" items in the food and beverage industry.