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2021 Plastic Policies Roundup
EPR, Deposits and Reuse, Oh My!

While plastics policy work slowed down in 2020 due to the pandemic, 2021 is shaping up to be a big year. City Halls and State Houses across the country have already introduced dozens of plastics and packaging related bills. With Democrats in control of Congress, there’s also renewed interest in the federal Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA).

On Thursday, February 25, UPSTREAM invites you to a conversation with Yinka Bode-George from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Judith Enck from Beyond Plastic, and Miriam Gordon from UPSTREAM to learn about the types of plastics and packaging-related bills being introduced; what's in the federal BFFPPA; how extended producer responsibility for packaging and deposit-return systems are shaping up; and how reuse policy is moving forward at the city and state level – even during the pandemic.

Date: Thursday, February 25
Start Time: 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST

This program will run for one hour, including 30 minutes of audience Q&A. If you want to continue the discussions, there is also an optional 30 minute “speed networking” event at the end.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be recorded and shared with all registrants (whether you can join us live or not). Space is limited, so please register today.

Feb 25, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Judith Enck
Environmental Policy Expert @Beyond Plastics
Judith founded Beyond Plastics in 2019 to end plastic pollution through education, advocacy, and institutional change. Passionate about protecting public health and the environment, she teaches classes on plastic pollution as a Senior Fellow and visiting faculty member at Bennington College, and was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Judith has held top influential positions in state and federal government, including as the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – overseeing environmental protections in NY, NJ, eight Indian Nations, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – during the Obama administration.
Yinka Bode-George
Environmental Health Manager @National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Yinka N. Bode-George is an environmental health advocate passionate about creating health equity, environmental justice, and sustainable development through public policy and community building. Before joining NCEL, Yinka was the Public Policy & Program Manager for Maryland Philanthropy Network, where she cultivated opportunities for Maryland philanthropists to improve community conditions. She has served as Program Manager for Maryland Environmental Health Network, where she partnered with community advocates and state lawmakers to advance policies that promote environmental health and justice for all Marylanders. Yinka received her Master of Health Science degree in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Miriam Gordon
Policy Director @UPSTREAM
Miriam is an alchemist of policies that reduce single-use products and packaging and a leading advocate for plastics reduction policies. With over 30 years of experience working for NGOs and local, state, and federal government, Miriam is an expert on waste, water quality, and toxic chemicals policy. She has led campaigns to protect communities whose health is threatened by waste incineration, fracking, and hazardous chemicals and created award-winning pollution prevention programs for a variety of business sectors. Miriam holds a JD Degree from Vermont Law School and was an undergraduate at Vassar College.