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Impacts of COVID-19 on Waste and Recycling Markets

Monday | July 27, 2020 | 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Online Event

Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Environmental Health Working Group for a discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting plastics/waste markets (e.g., more masks being used and improper disposal of personal protective equipment) and efforts to eliminate single-use plastics. Hear from expert panelists on the impacts on waste production and management, learn best practices for proper waste management, and get connected with community resources and groups related to waste reduction.


Robbie Barton: Robbie is a climate advocate and sustainability guru with a background in environmental education and professional experience working within and across institutions to take climate action and build a regenerative future for everyone. As an agent of the Great Turning, he believes that a Green New Deal and a Just Transition are pivotal structural pieces of a deeper human movement to love one another, heal our relationship with land and nature, and build healthy, just, and sustainable societies that we deserve. A native of the American South, he has seen his hometown impacted by larger storms and sea level rise in recent years, and has volunteered with Sunrise Bay Area since September 2019.

Cora Shimetz: Cora is a climate activist and a high schooler in San Francisco on Ohlone and Ramaytush land. She enjoys art, reading, and crafting in her free time as well as fighting for various social and environmental issues. She has been involved in the sunrise movement for about a year. As a young person in America she believes that it is critical to fight for a better future not only for herself but for the generations to come.


Professor Kate O’Neill: Kate is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Kate has led several groundbreaking research projects covering topics such as zero waste, global governance of waste and plastics, connecting waste and climate change, and much more. In her latest collaboration with the Ecology Center, they have teamed up with Kate’s lab on a project to identify and measure the impacts of the City of Berkeley’s Single Use Disposable Food Ware and Litter Prevention Ordinance. Kate is also a three-time author, her newest book titled “Waste,”  is about waste as a globalized resource.

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