Location: Simons IMAX Theatre

Panel Discussion

Corporate Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kelly Kryc, Director, Marine Conservation Policy and Leadership, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life

Debbie Friedel, Director of Sustainability, Delaware North
Eric Hudson, Founder and CEO, Preserve
Matt Prindiville, Imagineer and CEO, UPSTREAM

As a global conservation organization, the New England Aquarium celebrates the ocean, but also draws attention to major issues facing its ecosystems, specifically, one of the ocean’s most pressing issues: single-use plastic.

As collaborators, we highlight corporations that share a similar vision of creating solutions to plastic pollution that focuses on minimizing waste at the start of the consumption chain. We invite you to join us for a panel discussion to learn and discuss how corporations are actively working toward a planet with reduced reliance on plastic.

We seek to raise awareness on the prevalence of plastics in our homes, our offices, and our oceans, and we will draw attention to the toll the manufacturing process takes on the ecosystem and our climate. We are a national leader in engaging the public on constructive conversations about climate change and other important environmental issues, and we are dedicated to expanding our impact through engaging dialogue with the public, so please join us for this free panel event.

Kelly Kryc, Director, Marine Conservation Policy and Leadership, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life

Dr. Kelly Kryc is the Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership focused on transforming science into action that protects the blue planet. Dr. Kryc is an energy and environment policy professional who formerly held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to working in the public sector, she spent a decade working for the non-profit sector advancing science priorities in the United States and abroad. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on understanding extreme climate variability in Antarctica during the past 10,000 years. Dr. Kryc maintains an appointment as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Science in Public Interest Program where she taught “Science and Society: Global Challenges” and “Shaping National Science Policy.”

Debbie Friedel, Director of Sustainability, Delaware North

Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile locations, including the New England Aquarium’s café and catering service, Patina Restaurant Group. Debbie is responsible for implementing and managing Delaware North’s sustainability program and ensuring that each of its properties are implementing and managing environmental, interpretive, facilities stewardship, and sustainability programs. She works closely with others through community outreach and education to achieve balance for the health of our planet and ourselves.
Twitter: @delawarenorth
Facebook: @DelawareNorthCompanies

Eric Hudson, Founder and CEO, Preserve

Since 1996, Preserve has made products that are good for both people and the planet. After he worked many years in the finance and consulting worlds, Eric’s appreciation for the natural world inspired him to apply his professional experience toward preserving the environment. After studying the recycling system at the time, Eric noticed a missing link: more people were recycling, but very few manufacturers were putting recycled materials to good use. Eric addressed this gap by founding Preserve and dedicating his new venture to using the Earth’s resources more efficiently and responsibly. Through innovations in sustainable materials, recycling systems, and performance-driven design, Preserve has created low-impact, stylish products to accompany you in your day-to-day life. Dedicated to lowering society’s impact on the environment, Preserve continues to innovate with the complex and evolving needs of today’s world.

Matt Prindiville, Imagineer and CEO, UPSTREAM

UPSTREAM is a national nonprofit organization sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution. It works with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and culture-hackers to make throw-away go away. UPSTREAM is developing model policy and incentives for reuse businesses to scale and is partnering with iconic venues throughout the country to move them away from single-use to reuse and amplify their stories. UPSTREAM is also developing storytelling assets to support a culture shift, making single-use seem weird and reuse cool. Matt Prindiville is a recognized thought leader within the plastic pollution community and advised the United Nations Environment Program on its plastic pollution strategies.
Twitter: upstream_org