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Plastic Pollution and Possible Solutions

Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

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Plastic pollution has long been a problem affecting people and the planet’s health locally and globally. The recent upheaval in the global recycling and waste industry, followed by the pandemic, has deepened the challenges and  necessity for change. Why have existing policies failed us? California lawmakers and corporate leaders have taken and proposed innovative steps in recent years, but are they enough?

A panel of policy, corporate and academic leaders will discuss the need and strategies for a more closed loop, less wasteful economy.

  • What does corporate social responsibility around recycling and waste reduction look like in the absence of effective legislation? What is the responsibility of the private sector to address public interest more broadly?
  • Where are our recycling and composting policies headed? How could California policymakers advance a closed loop, circular system approach? How would effective laws address both supply and demand for recyclables?
  • A role for everyone: What is the role of plastic manufacturers and product distributors, the broader private sector, and the public at large to reduce waste?


  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal, U.S. Representative, California’s 47th Congressional District
  • Noel Kinder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike
  • Rita Kampalath, Sustainability Program Director, Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office
  • Charles Corbett, Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability; IBM Chair in Management (moderator)
  • Daniel Coffee, Researcher, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation


  • UCLA Impact@Anderson
  • UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

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This webinar is part of UCLA Anderson’s Impact Week, which celebrates our community’s commitment to creating a more equitable, just, and sustainable society. With a theme of “Power to Change,” Impact Week 2021 will spotlight ideas, practices, and skills that business leaders need to change their organizations and industries in support of social justice, economic inclusion, environmental sustainability, quality healthcare, educational equity, and other important global goals.

Impact Week is organized by UCLA Anderson’s Impact@Anderson Center and the Net Impact MBA Chapter, in collaboration with partners within the business school and across the broader UCLA community. The program is open to all students, alumni, prospective applicants, industry professionals, and the public.