On June 18-19, 2020, ESI hosted a virtual workshop convening scientists, policy makers, foundations and the business community on the issue of mitigating the environmental harms of plastic pollution. “Plastics and the Environment: Science Meets Public Policy” was a two-day workshop to explore opportunities for policy makers and scientists to inform each other’s challenges and questions on plastic use, design, disposal and recycling. Over 170 attendees participated in panel and plenary sessions, joined breakout sessions with focuses on material science, recycling, and local, national and international policy making, and made new connections across the corporate, academic, non-profit and government spheres dedicated to eliminating plastic pollution from the environment.

Video from all sessions is available on request to scientists, policymakers, potential partners, and anyone working on the issue of plastic pollution. Watch a summary video of the workshop’s speakers and topics:

Or email pesmpp@mit.edu to request videos of the following sessions:


You can also explore the workshop brochure below, or open it in a new browser tab here:

To inquire about this event, email pesmpp@mit.edu

This workshop was part of the ESI Plastics and the Environment Program. Learn more about the program, its agenda and activities.

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