The Secret Lives of Plastic: Materials, Recycling, Oceans, & Communication

Event Date: 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Event Date Details: 

See conference website for the 4 sessions, program, abstracts, participants, directions, parking, and a wide variety of plastic-related resources.

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Corwin Pavilion

Event Price: 

Free!  And refreshments.

Event Contact: 

Ron Rice, 805-893-8696, rrice@comm.ucsb.edu

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The Secret Lives of Plastic: Materials, Recycling, Oceans, & Communication

Corwin Pavilion, UC Santa Barbara

Tuesday April 30, 2-5 and 7-9

http://www.comm.ucsb.edu/news/annual/arthur-n-rupe and more details at http://sustech.ucsb.edu/conferences/2019-slp

More and more people are becoming aware of plastics gyres and microplastics in the oceans, cities around the world are banning plastic bags and straws, and China has stopped accepting most of the world’s plastic for recycling. Scientists, policy-makers, municipalities, industries, and countries are struggling with the positive and negative implications of plastic. Topics include interdependencies and challenges in the life cycle of plastics, from design of materials, to uses, down- and up-recycling, energy and cost trade-offs, to pollution and ocean microplastics, sustainability, and communicating the issues. This event brings together experts from universities (administrators, science/social science/humanities professors), government, non-profit agencies, and industry, and presents a fascinating and troubling film, to discuss a variety of timely questions. 

This event is a collaboration between, and funded by, The Arthur N. Rupe Biannual Conference and the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability.

Faculty: if you would like to offer extra credits for students attending any of the sessions, send your roster and the session to Ron Rice (rrice@comm.ucsb.edu).  We will send the signed rosters back to you.

The Secret Lives of Plastic: Materials, Recycling, Oceans, & Communication