International treaties to address plastic pollution are currently discussed at the United Nations Environmental Assembly. In this session, a panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities to implement resource efficiency and circular economy approaches to solve this issue in our state and at the global level.
*Lead Presenter: Vinka Craver; Associate Professor; URI
4-5 p.m.: Presentation & Q&A
5-5:30 pm.: Networking
“The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy” summer speaker series will run for a second year in a row. These educational sessions, led by panels of experts, are offered to the general public. Considering Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline, the blue economy has always been a vital component of the state and Greater Newport’s economy. In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on redefining the term and reenergizing efforts around making Rhode Island a regional hub for blue economy and blue tech. These sessions provide information that will help residents understand what the blue economy is and how it impacts them.