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Sandra Goldmark: ‘On Circularity, Reciprocity, and Spatulas: Lessons From the Humble Objects All Around Us’

By April 23, 2023No Comments

Sandra Goldmark, of Barnard College and the Columbia Climate School, joined us to explore how the everyday objects in our homes connect us to each other, and to the global system of production and consumption.

Drawing from her book, Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet, and ranging from her experiences backstage in the theatre to repairing thousands of objects in her pop-up repair shops, Goldmark helps us see our “stuff” with fresh eyes and makes a compelling case for a less wasteful and more equitable way forward.

Sandra Goldmark is Senior Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Engagement at the Columbia Climate School, and Director of Sustainability and Climate Action and Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College. From 2013-2019, Sandra founded and operated Fixup, a social enterprise repair service dedicated to healthy and circular patterns of consumption. Sandra is a co-creator of the Sustainable Production Toolkit, a free climate action and sustainability resource for performing arts organizations, and serves on the Board of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, the BBC, The Sunday Times of LondonThe Daily News,, and many more. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale University, Sandra is the author of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet. Visit her website at

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