Creating a Community Conversation about Plastics Production: The Plastics Challenge Podcast
Creating a community conversation about plastics production
Plastic waste contaminates all major ecosystems on the planet, with concern increasing about impacts on wildlife and human health. A 2020 study estimates that the United States generates the largest amount of plastic waste of any country. Circular economies and technological advancements are gaining attention as ways to overcome the challenges stemming from plastics production. Yet, to many stakeholders, solutions emerging to mitigate the plastics challenge can feel far off and far away.
The Plastics Challenge Podcast team aims to stimulate community conversations and critical dialogue among residents, students and community decision-makers with inventors, scientists, policy experts and value-chain innovators who are making the vision of a new plastics economy into a reality. Project aims are to increase awareness, exchange perspectives, foster new connections, and cultivate resilience and hope.
Topics: Economic Vitality and Entrepreneurship; Education; Energy, Environment and Sustainability
Vanessa Greenlee, Institute of Biotechnology, Research Division, with support from the Department of Global Development
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Geoffrey W. Coates, Tisch University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
- Community partner: Cornell Environmental Collaborative
- Community partner: Tompkins County Environmental Management Council
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