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The Sustainability Lab @ T-REX: Water and Waste
February 23, 2021 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pmFree
The Sustainability Lab @ T-REX is a hub of collaboration for people working on, learning about, and advocating for sustainability.
This month: Water and Waste
3:15 – 3:30: Sustainability Lab Intro Session (Optional)
3:30 – 3:45: Check-in join us on Zoom and play trivia
3:45 – 4:15: Mississippi River Plastics Pollution Initiative – Jenny Wendt
4:15 – 4:45: Microplastics Monitoring, Mapping and Outreach – Rachel Bartels
The February Sustainability Lab will feature two of OneSTL’s Working Group leaders, Jenny Wendt from the Materials and Recycling Working Group and Rachel Bartels leader of the Water and Green Infrastructure Working Group both will be talking about plastic waste in our waterways.
Jenny Wendt will kick us off discussing how ocean plastics are a well-known problem that may seem like a distant problem. But up to 80% marine plastic originates from land-based sources. It is estimated that the Mississippi River drains 40% of the continental United States, creating a conduit for our litter to reach the Gulf of Mexico. Mayors, researchers, citizens, and local organizations are coming together to collect data at different points along the river that can be utilized by decision makers to inspire and take action.
Rachel Bartels will share research she has been working on to measure microplastic pollution in local rivers and streams through Missouri Waterkeeper. She will also discuss the installation, purpose and management plan of multiple water goats (trash traps) at multiple location in the St. Louis region.
Presenters: Jenny Wendt, Plastic Waste Reduction Campaign Manager for Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and Rachel Bartels, Chief Financial Officer for Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper