On June 18-19 2020, ESI will host a workshop convening scientists, policymakers, foundations and the business community on the MIT campus to combine the best scientific information on plastic pollution with the best available policy avenues to reduce and eliminate that pollution. Download the workshop summary here.  To inquire about this event, email pesmpp@mit.edu

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“Plastics and the Environment: Science Meets Public Policy” is 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. Attendees will participate in panel and plenary sessions, network at an after-hours reception, and join breakout sessions focusing on the local, national, and international levels of policymaking. Topics include:

Science Track

  • Materials science and engineering
  • Environmental sensing and modelling
  • Plastic degradation
  • Recycling and reuse
  • Packaging design

Policy Track

  • Regulations vs. incentives
  • Local, state and federal policy
  • International agreements
  • Engaging the public
  • Foundations, NGOs and activism

This workshop is presented under the ESI Plastics and the Environment Program. Learn more about the program, its agenda and activities.


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