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Green to Go: The Science of Solid Waste
Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Junior Academy Members, middle and high school students welcome. Register below.
Featured Speaker: Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager, Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
A recent Yale-led study published in the September 21 online issue of Nature Climate Change, indicates we’re disposing of more than twice as much solid waste as we thought we were—262 million tons in the United States in 2012. That’s a 115% increase over an EPA estimate of 122 million tons for that same year. It’s an estimate that surpasses the World Bank’s projections of municipal solid waste generation for 2025.
From its basis in nature’s process of decomposition to details about recyclable plastics, solid waste management’s science foundations will inform and affirm people who are already keen on recycling, and motivate those with an interest in reducing their solid waste footprint on our fragile planet. Earthways Center Green Resources Manager, Jean Ponzi, covers plastics, packaging, batteries, electronics, household hazardous waste, compostables – and more in this informative and fascinating look at the Science of Solid Waste.
The Science of Solid Waste is an On Science Series partnership of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and OASIS St. Louis.