Launched in January 2019, Beyond Plastics is a nationwide project based at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, that pairs the wisdom and experience of environmental policy experts with the energy and creativity of college students to build a vibrant and effective anti-plastics movement. Our mission is to end plastic pollution by being a catalyst for change at every level of our society. We use our deep policy and advocacy expertise to build a well-informed, effective movement seeking to achieve the institutional, economic, and societal changes needed to save our planet, and ourselves, from the plastic pollution crisis.
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Beyond Plastic Pollution is an environmental policy course that focuses on the systemic reasons why millions of tons of plastics enter the ocean each year. This cutting-edge class will focus on how plastic pollution is a climate change issue; how the plastics industry spins the myth that we can recycle our way out of the problem; environmental justice and the health impacts of plastic production and use; alternatives to plastic; and most importantly, what you can do to address this growing problem.
This will be a particularly useful class for those who want to tackle this issue in their own community, state, and nation. There will be a strong focus on public action.
Wednesdays | 7:00–9:00 pm ET
September 6–October 18, 2023
About Judith Enck
Judith Enck is a Visiting Professor at Bennington College and Senior Fellow at the College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). She has a long and distinguished career in government and in the non profit community on a range of environmental protection issues. She was appointed by President Obama to serve as Regional Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency and served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office. She is the founder and President of Beyond Plastics, a national project with the goal of eliminating plastic pollution everywhere.