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Monday, May 8 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
On Track for More Marine Plastic than Fish by 2050

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Plastic use has increased dramatically over the past twenty years. The United States is one of the world's largest consumers of plastics and produces more plastic waste than any other country. Plastic bag bans in New York and New Jersey are steps in the right direction, but more is required at the local, state, and federal levels to tackle this monumental issue. This panel will discuss the problems and solutions at the local level and explore efforts from around the nation and the world that can serve as examples of a path toward comprehensive regional solutions.

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James Cervino

President & Chief Scientist, Coastal Preservation Network
Dr. James M. Cervino received a bachelor's degree from New York University that focused on earth science and physical anthropology, a master's from Boston University in marine biology and a Ph.D. in marine science & pathology from University of South Carolina. His research interest... Read More →
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Jennifer M. Coffey

Executive Director, ANJEC
Jennifer M. Coffey joined the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) in July 2014 as executive director. Jennifer serves as a member of the New Jersey State Water Supply Advisory Council and as an advisor to the New Jersey State Clean Water Council. She serves... Read More →
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Thania Peck

Sustainability Advisor/ Content Creator/ United Nations consultant, Catcher in the Style
The creative director of Catcher in the Style, Thania is a powerhouse in the fashion and beauty industry, working as a content creator, an activist for sustainability, and an advocate for climate positivity across said industries. She currently serves as an ambassador to multiple youth charities, is a mentor and nonprofit volunteer, a United Nations partner, and she works closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation... Read More →
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Beizhan Yan

Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Dr. Beizhan Yan received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and currently is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University. In 2007, he joined LDEO, and since then, he has established an environmental... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)