The Sustainability Speaker Series will open a dialogue about the benefits of recycling and the ramifications of trashing recyclables on Wednesday (Jan. 23) at 6:30 p.m.
Rob Hailey, senior associate vice president for university services at Tulane, says this is the first time Tulane is hosting the series, which was previously held at Loyola University. This year’s topic is “Recycling, Waste Management and Innovative Solutions.”
“We want people to feel guilty about throwing recyclable things in the trash,” says Hailey. “Our job is to make it convenient for people to do the right thing.”
In addition to pumping the value of recycling
, the series will offer insight into green career opportunities.
Speakers include Mark Root, strategic account executive for Coca-Cola Recycles, who has assisted Tulane in establishing strategic recycling efforts for large events like the Final Four; Kevin Wilkins, chief operating officer and entrepreneur-in-residence at the Idea Village; and J.T. Marburger, president of Renew Merchandise, which turns plastic waste into new products.
The event takes place in the Qatar Ballroom of the Lavin-Bernick Center on the uptown campus of Tulane University. It is sponsored by Sodexho and Coca-Cola.
Students from both universities as well as the public are invited to attend.