As a global conservation organization, the New England Aquarium celebrates the ocean, but also draws attention to major issues facing its ecosystems. Pollution from single-use plastic is one of the ocean’s most pressing issues.
This talk highlights corporations that share a similar vision of creating solutions to plastic pollution that start by minimizing waste at the beginning of the consumption chain. They will share exactly how corporations are working toward a planet with reduced reliance on plastic.
The use of plastics is everywhere—in our homes, our offices, and our oceans. This talk also draws attention to the toll the plastic manufacturing process takes on the ecosystem and on our climate.
Image: (CC) Marine debris litters a beach on Laysan Island in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where it washed ashore. (Susan White/USFWS)
BIO: Kelly Kryc, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly Kryc is the Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership focused on transforming science into action that protects the blue planet. Dr. Kryc is an energy and environment policy professional who formerly held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
BIO: Matt Prindiville
UPSTREAM is a national nonprofit organization sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution. It works with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and culture-hackers to make throw-away go away. UPSTREAM is developing model policy and incentives for reuse businesses to scale and is partnering with iconic venues throughout the country to move them away from single-use to reuse and amplify their stories. UPSTREAM is also developing storytelling assets to support a culture shift, making single-use seem weird and reuse cool. Matt Prindiville is a recognized thought leader within the plastic pollution community and advised the United Nations Environment Program on its plastic pollution strategies.
Contact Matt by email: email@example.com
BIO: Eric Hudson
Since 1996, Preserve has made products that are good for both people and the planet. After he worked for many years in the finance and consulting worlds, Eric’s appreciation for the natural world inspired him to apply his professional experience toward preserving the environment. After studying the recycling system at the time, Eric noticed a missing link: more people were recycling, but very few manufacturers were putting recycled materials to good use. Eric addressed this gap by founding Preserve and dedicating his new venture to using the Earth’s resources more efficiently and responsibly. Through innovations in sustainable materials, recycling systems, and performance-driven design, Preserve has created low-impact, stylish products to accompany you in your day-to-day life. Dedicated to lowering society’s impact on the environment, Preserve continues to innovate with the complex and evolving needs of today’s world.
BIO: Debbie Friedel
Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile locations, including the New England Aquarium’s café and catering service, Patina Restaurant Group. Debbie is responsible for implementing and managing Delaware North’s sustainability program and ensuring that each of its properties are implementing and managing environmental, interpretive, facilities stewardship, and sustainability programs. She works closely with others through community outreach and education to achieve balance for the health of our planet and ourselves.