This lecture series will take place in the Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. All lectures will begin at 7 p.m.
Childcare will be provided for attendees (ages 3 and up). Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
“Which bin does this go in? Does it REALLY matter if I recycle this plastic water bottle? Your garbage and recycling questions answered.”
By Blake Rupe, Coordinator of the Sustainable Water Development Program and Manager of the UI Office of Sustainability and the Environment
Each person in the U.S., on average, creates 4.6 pounds of waste every day. What happens to that waste? It affects everything we do in several ways, ranging from human health to environmental wellness. This session will explore the fate of our waste products as they are burned, decomposed, land filled, treated, recycled, reused, dumped, or shipped abroad. We will learn to define the social and cultural aspects of garbage as well as develop an understanding of the link between garbage, human health and environmental health. We will explore several major topics, including garbage as a social issue, the health effects of varying types of garbage ,and how garbage identity has evolved. We will then research the path that garbage takes from the store shelves to disposal and examine the impact that the trash trade has on humans and the environment we inhabit. Most importantly, we finish by discussing past, present, and potential future solutions to this growing environmental threat.
For more information, contact Sheri Deal-Tyne