EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Ocean Plastics

When Feb 24, 2023
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where BAB 406
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In-Person: BAB 406
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free, homemade vegetarian lunch!

Our topic in February will be how people here in Louisville can organize and take action to address the crisis of plastic pollution in our waterways and ultimately in our oceans. Join us to learn about the work of the Ocean Legacy Foundation, a Canadian based non-profit organization that was founded in 2013 with the goal to end ocean plastic waste. As an internationally recognized leader in plastic pollution response, OLF has branded their dynamic approach and solution-based platform in combating plastic pollution under the title of EPIC - a strategy which integrates elements from OLF’s four pillars: Education & Research, Policy and Advocacy, Infrastructure Development and Cleanup & Restoration, to catalyze world-wide action around plastic pollution-free lands and oceans.


The purpose of the Plastic Pollution Emergency Response program is to target ecologically sensitive geographical locations and communities that have a plastic pollution crisis, as well as inadequate management capacity for solid waste and plastic pollution. The goal of the program is to create an accessible platform to assist with the restoration of critical natural ecosystems for improved human and wildlife health, as well as assess and develop long-term plastic collection, processing infrastructure and policy to mitigate oceanic plastic pollution sources. OLF works with communities that are in a plastic pollution crisis through an Emergency Management System (EMS) that incorporates mitigation, prevention, response and recovery measures. This system provides the foundation for coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability and capacity to mitigate against, prepare and plan for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual plastic disasters.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome.

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