PFW November Partnership Meeting “Microplastics and Human Health”

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PFW November Partnership Meeting “Microplastics and Human Health”

November 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0


Please join us for our June Plastic Free Waters Partnership Meeting. This meeting will feature a panel on the theme “Microplastics and Human Health” and feature speakers from: Rutgers University, the New School, the Bergen Record, and the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Arrive either for the entire event (10 am – 2 pm), or for the Lunchtime Learning portion of the meeting (12 pm – 2 pm), with presentations from our key speakers, followed by a networking lunch!

THIS IS A WASTE-FREE EVENT! Please bring your own bottles for refilling, your own mugs for coffee (will be provided) and your own lunch!

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Event Agenda


From the New School, Professor Barent Roth, professor at the Parsons School of Design‘s BFA Product Design and MFA Industrial Design programs. Barent is a designer and professor dedicated to creating and teaching the importance of sustainable products, practices, and services. He has taught at both of his Alma Maters, the University of Illinois where he received his BFA in industrial design, and the University of the Arts where he graduated with honors for his Master’s degree focusing on Sustainable Design. Co-founder of the award winning sustainable to restorative design firm grow-design, and the creator of the LA Green Drinks network, Barent started teaching a Green Living Workshop with Sustainable Works, a Santa Monica based non-profit committed to Environmental Education and Action, and quickly rose to Executive Director of the organization.

Lisa Kaas Boyle, from the Plastic Pollution Coalition, will be joining the conference via call. A former LA County Deputy District Attorney, Lisa is an environmental attorney with an expertise in policy solutions to plastic pollution. A recognized expert in legal policy to stop plastic pollution, Lisa has produced panels and spoken before audiences around the globe including at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The United Nations. Lisa is a featured expert in the award-winning documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and is Executive Producer of Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story. about the human health impacts of petrochemicals.

Scott Fallon is an investigative reporter who has covered the environment at The Bergen Record since 2008, concentrating on the legacy of industrial pollution in New Jersey. His investigative work has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Deadline Club, the Society of Silurians and the New Jersey Press Association. Fallon previously worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer as a suburban correspondent and has written for Newsday and the New York Daily News.

Joining us from Rutgers University is Dr. Phoebe Stapleton, an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology. Her research at Rutgers focuses on nanoplastics, which are small plastic particles, less than 100 nm in a single dimension, either formed by bulk degradation of larger microplastic particles or formed intentionally at the nano-scale. Unfortunately, due to this small nanosize, nanoplastic exposures are difficult to quantify. Traditional methods of filtration and sequestration capture most microplastics, but allow nanoplastics to pass through. We know that particles of this size can cross biological membranes and we know that human exposures are taking place, but we do not yet understand the biological consequences of these exposures. Further, pregnancy as a lifestage is especially vulnerable to environmental exposure, leading to both maternal and fetal outcomes. Using a laboratory model of maternal-fetal nanoplastic exposure, Phoebe and her team work to identify these health consequences.

Moderating the event will be Catie Tobin, who is the Microplastics Researcher for Clean Ocean Action (COA). She is the lead investigator on the first assessment of microplastics on New Jersey beaches and in coastal water. Catie is also the lead for the Microplastics Working Group through the Plastic Free Waters Partnership in which she brings together scientists, policymakers, educators and citizens to tackle microplastic pollution in the NY/NJ region and beyond. Simultaneously, Catie is pursuing her doctorate in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focuses on a transdisciplinary approach to assessing the impacts of microfibers on oysters environmentally, economically, and socially.


10:00 – 10:30 PM – Welcome and Workgroup Updates

10:30 – 11:45 PM – PFWP Strategy Discussion for 2020

11:45 – 12.00 PM – Break

12.00PM – 1:00 PM – “Microplastics and Human Health” Panel Discussion

1:00PM – 2:00 PM – Networking and Lunch

THIS IS A WASTE-FREE EVENT! Please bring your own bottles for refilling, your own mugs for coffee (will be provided) and your own lunch!

RSVP Here!


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