Jenna Jambeck, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts Lecture: "Sea to Source: Reducing Plastics in Our Environment"

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Science and Math Building

Jenna Jambeck, environmental engineer and MacArthur fellow, will present "Sea to Source: Reducing Plastics in Our Environment."

By linking worldwide data on solid waste, population density, and economic status,  Jenna Jambeck and her team have estimated the mass of land-based plastic waste entering the ocean at 5–13 million metric tons. Jambeck will discuss the methods and results of her research on plastic waste inputs, flows and recovery from land—especially in a river-basin context—and the related impacts and policies around the world. She will present an intervention framework to reduce plastic ending up in our environment, while sharing stories of integrating technology and citizen science, science communication, and community-level efforts to address plastic pollution around the globe.

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