Valerie Craig, Vice President of Operating Programs for the National Geographic Society, has been scheduled as the plenary speaker at the 2019 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, announced the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS; Washington, DC). The event comes to Grand Rapids, MI, on May 20 to 22.
Craig previously worked on ocean and freshwater issues for National Geographic's Impact Initiatives and Explorer Programs and oversaw the Lindblad-National Geographic Fund. The closing plenary will focus on the challenges of plastic pollution and outline solutions to tackle the problem, said PLASTICS.
Last year, National Geographic launched the Planet or Plastic? initiative, a global commitment to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic that reaches the ocean. By mobilizing global communities and investing in science, exploration, innovation and education, the effort aims to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis. The Planet or Plastic? initiative is leading with science to develop an action plan that will help make the goal of ending plastic marine pollution a reality, and there is broad recognition that the plastic industry must be a key stakeholder in that strategy, said PLASTICS.
Held at the DeVos Place Grand Rapids Convention Center, the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit provides plastics professionals with resources to think about product design, technology and manufacturing from the perspective of sustainability. Numerous speakers will address such issues as achieving zero net waste in manufacturing, using additives to expand the horizons for recycling and sustainable innovations in 3D printing. A markeplace features exhibiting companies involved in recycling and sustainability solutions.
For more information, go to the event website.