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Plastics And The Environment

Plastics have become a huge part of our lives, whether in the form of bottles, bags, or packaging. The hope is that these items are reused or recycled, but recycling programs can be expensive, and many items end up in landfills or, worse, in our waterways. Our guests today are working to educate people on what happens to plastics. We meet a representative from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, an artist who uses plastic debris to create environmental art, and a local sustainability officer.


  • Aurora Robson - Environmental Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art
  • Nancy Wallace - Marine Debris Program Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dr. Mike Lizotte - Sustainability officer for UNC Charlotte
  • Suzanne Fetscher - President and CEO of the McColl Center for Visual Art

Event information:

  • Aurora Robson's exhibition will be on view at the McColl Center for Visual Art May 9th  thru July 26th.  Opening reception May 9th from 6-9pm.
  • The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is hosting a movie and panel discussion that will include Mike Lizotte on May 16th at 6pm at UNC Charlotte Center City Building as part of their Keeping Watch Initiative.

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