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Tackling Global Challenges - Plastic

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A quarterly lecture series where you will hear from industry experts about pressing sustainability challenges so you can apply your expertise and ingenuity to develop solutions that will make an impact.

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The 2020-21 Tackling Global Challenges speaker series will bring in experts who will speak to the sustainability challenges and opportunities that exist around plastic manufacturing, recycling, and pollution.

Episode 1: Challenges & Opportunities in Plastic Recycling & Disposal

Speaker: Mike Biddle, Managing Director, Evok Innovations; Founder, MBA Polymers
Based on his decades of experience in the industry, Mike shared his perspectives on plastic end-of-use options, the plastic pollution crisis, and where he sees opportunities for researchers and entrepreneurs to make an impact.

Episode 2: Reducing Plastic Waste and Recovering Value

Dr. Jay Fitzgerald, Chief Scientist, Bioenergy Technologies Office, DOE's EERE
Dr. Jack Lewnard, Program Director, DOE's ARPA-E

Through a proactive, solution-focused lens, the speakers provide insights into plastic recycling and energy recovery, highlighted by discussions of persistent challenges and examples of emerging innovations.

Episode 3: Can Plastic Waste be Turned into Useful Products on a Meaningful Scale?

Bob Powell, Founder & CEO, Brightmark
Sean Weaver, Founder & President, Neo

The speakers describe how their companies are using plastic waste to generate fuels, chemicals, and pavement.