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Connect the Disconnect: Reducing Single-Use Plastics on the SIO Campus.

  • Author(s): Mendez, Lori Renee
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY-NC' version 4.0 license

I joined forces with zero-waste and sustainability-conscious students, faculty, and administration at Scripps and UCSD  to "connect the disconnect" between the ocean research and conservation happening at Scripps and the single-use plastic products (particularly food containers) still being sold around Scripps and UC San Diego. After researching current best scientific and industry practices, I made highly concrete recommendations to the administration to help implement  zero waste solutions on the Scripps campus right now. The expectation is that, once implemented, Scripps’ zero waste solutions will set an example for other campuses like UCSD, and also for visiting representatives of other institutions and the general public that visit our campus. 

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