Eco Teen Action Network’s Reuse Idea
|November 25, 2019||Filled under News||
The Global Co Lab Plastic’s Hub had a busy November. On Wednesday November 13 at the Aurora Highland Civic Association meeting, twelve teens unveiled to the public a plan to eliminate single-use styrofoam from the area in and around National Landing in Arlington VA the site of the new Amazon Headquarters and Virginia Tech’s new campus in Alexandria Va. The solution is simple, institute a subscription program for a reusable to go containers to be used for dining takeout, a closed loop system. The plan will eliminate substantial amounts of waste packaging along the corridor and is in keeping with Amazon’s sustainability goals, the community’s request for waste reduction and Arlington County’s zero waste goals.
In attendance was county board member Matt de Ferranti and the president of Go Box Jocelyn Gaudi Quarell, who runs a successful reusable to go box program in Portland Oregon. Over 40 people signed a form expressing interest in learning more, including Mr. de Ferranti and Crystal City Bid, Chief Operating Officer Robert Mandle. When asked what she thought of their plan, former President of AHCA said, “They are the future of innovation and sustainability and we ought to be paying attention.” Community Leader Mike Dowell who has organized the 22202 zip code’s three civic associations into a 22202 Livability Framework to guide development, which includes a section on waste management had this to say, “We are responsible for what we hand our kids they, these young people know the decision we make today will need to help meet the objective of batting back climate change.”
The following day, November 14 at the EPA 2019 America Recycles Innovation Fair in Washington DC young women from ETAN presented their plan on a national stage.
The event featured innovative ideas and creative entrepreneurs from across the recycling industry to showcase their products, services, outreach and technologies. The students networked with industry leaders and met representatives from SWANA, Keep America Beautiful, Amazon and with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Jeff Dushack with Continuus Material who was stationed across from the Eco Teen Action Plastics Hub exhibit shared his admiration for the work our young leaders are doing, “They are not waiting or watching, they are trying to be part of the solution, that’s impressive.”
The teens are continuing to work with local organizations to provide a clear pathway for the success of their reusable take out plan. They have one more event coming up in December 6th, at the 6th Annual Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy & Sustainability Solutions Awards and Holiday Celebration 2019-four-gen-awards-and-holiday-program where the Eco Teen Action Network will receive an award on behalf of the work that it has conducted via its three hubs in reducing plastic waste (Responsible Consumption Hub), reducing food waste (Zero Hunger Hub), and addressing climate change. The theme of this years award is on “Alliances for Action: Coalitions, Collaborations, and Partnerships.” I am not at all surprised by the recognition these teens are receiving and feel certain that when the Global Co Lab Eco Teen Action Network meets the remarkable Leaders in Energy community we will see many more ideas go from fantasy to reality.” Miriam Gennari mentor for the Eco- Teen Action Network.
Please join us in honoring these young leaders on Friday, December 6th, from 6-9 pm in Washington, DC, at the Pepco Edison Gallery.
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