UPEI Environmental Studies to host symposium on plastics

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Dr. Tony Walker

Students and faculty with UPEI’s Environmental Studies program are hosting an information symposium entitled “Our Plastic World: The Breakdown.” The event runs from 7:00 pm–9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6 in the Duffy Amphitheatre, room 135 of UPEI’s Duffy Science Centre. All are welcome.

Three informative speakers will provide insights into different aspects of plastic waste and the challenges we face in dealing with it. A panel discussion will follow.

The panellists include:

Dr. Nino Antadze is currently an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her work focuses on ethical implications of environmental issues and environmental planning processes and on the role of social and environmental innovations in sustainability transitions. Dr. Antadze earned a PhD in urban and regional planning from University of Waterloo and has taught courses in environmental studies and planning programs at the universities in the USA and Canada.

Heather Myers is disposal manager at Island Waste Management Corporation. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1993. She began work the next year with East Prince Waste Management Commission (Island Waste Management Corporation’s predecessor) as site technician at the East Prince Waste Management Facility and then facility manager in 1996. Myers is responsible for the proper disposal of solid waste, including the management and oversight management of Waste Watch sites designated for that purpose.

Dr. Tony Walker has more than 25 years environmental research and monitoring related experience. He is currently an assistant professor at the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. He previously worked in industry for a decade as an environmental consultant, specializing in monitoring and management of contaminants in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK studying terrestrial pollution in the Russian Arctic arising from resource extractive industries. During his early research career, he spent four years living and working in the Antarctic.

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