Study Materials

Study Materials

Readings and Lecture Recordings

Topic Date Reading theme
Introduction to Excessive Plastic Waste Accumulation and GII October 30 Challenge Briefing
Challenge Overview – Causal Model November 13 Plastic Waste – A Complex Problem
Case Studies – Success Stories December 4 Success Stories
Case Studies – Failed Solutions January 15 Failed Solutions
REACH February 12 Idea Development
Expert Panel Q&A March 5 Innovative Solutions
Behavioural Economics March 26 Plastic Waste and Decision-making
Polishing your Pitch TBD Pitching and Presentations
Final Symposium April 12

Roadmap 2018/2019

Roadmap 2018/2019 

 

 

Readings

October 30 – Introduction to excessive plastic waste accumulation

Challenge Briefing:

CHALLENGE BRIEFING 2018-2019

 

November 13 – Challenge Overview: causal model 

Session II: World Vision Canada “Solutions to Plastic Waste Accumulation” 

Session II Booklet

Science Article:

Geyer, Roland et Al. Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made, 2017. SCIENCE ADVANCES | RESEARCH ARTICLE. Retrieved in: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/7/e1700782.full

News and general articles:

National Geographic. Planet or Plastic? Series. 2017. Retrieved in: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/planetorplastic/?user.testname=none

World Economic Forum. The World”s Plastic problem in numbers, 2018. Retrieved in: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/08/the-world-of-plastics-in-numbers

World Economic Forum. These 11 innovations will tackle the causes of ocean plastic pollution, not just the symptoms. 2018. Retrieved in: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/these-11-innovations-will-tackle-the-causes-of-ocean-plastic-pollution-not-just-the-symptoms

Video:

World Economic Forum. These cities let you pay for transport with plastic

December 4 – case studies: success stories

 

Science Article:

Using nudges to reduce waste? The case of Toronto plastic Bag levy. 2017 Retrieved in: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030147971630980X

News and general articles:

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics. Retrieved in: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/the-new-plastics-economy-rethinking-the-future-of-plastics

Solutions to Plastic Pollution: Extended Producer Responsibility, 2018. Retrieved in: https://www.torontoenvironment.org/solutions_to_plastic_pollution

Plastic Recycling is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It. 2018. Retrieved in: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/china-plastic-recycling-ban-solutions-science-environment/

Toronto Long Term Waste Strategy. 2018. Retrieved in: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/long-term-waste-strategy/

Video:

Re-thinking the progress: The Circular Economy. 2011. Retrieved in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCRKvDyyHmI

 

January 15 – case studies: failed solutions

Session IV – Booklet

Science Article:

Drehobl et Al. 2018 Reducing Energy Waste through Municipally Led Behavior Change Programs. Retrieved from: https://aceee.org/research-report/u1810

News and general articles:

Pyrowave: Closing the Loop. Retrieved in: http://pyrowave.com/?page_id=14

Plastic Bank : Plastic bank stops ocean plastic while reducing poverty. Retrieved in: https://www.plasticbank.com/what-we-do/#.XDJ-jc9Kjq0

PowerHouse Energy to turn waste into hydrogen. Retrieved in: https://www.gasworld.com/powerhouse-energy-to-turn-waste-into-hydrogen-/2014537.article

How breakthrough technology could significantly reduce plastic waste. Retrieved in: https://www.unilever.ca/news/news-and-features/2018/how-breakthrough-technology-could-significantly-reduce-plastic-waste.html

Eco-business: Here’s a solution for the global plastic and energy crises. Retrieved in:  https://www.eco-business.com/opinion/heres-a-solution-for-the-global-plastic-and-energy-crises/

Sustainable Brands: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling. Retrieved in: https://sustainablebrands.com/read/product-service-design-innovation/trending-basf-coca-cola-ec-break-new-ground-on-plastics-recycling

Video:

David Katz. TEDxAcademy. Social Plastic is a new currency Retrieved in: https://www.plasticbank.com/whats-happening/#.XDKAWc9Kjq0

February 12 – reach

BOOKLET V

Science Article:

Raubenheimer K., et Al., 2016. Is the Montreal Protocol a model that can help solve the global marine plastic debris problem? Retrieved from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X16307096

News and general articles:

Greenmantra: Creating Value from Recycled Plastic. Retrieved in: http://greenmantra.com/

National Geographic. 2019. A Running list of action on Plastic Pollution. Retrieved from: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/07/ocean-plastic-pollution-solutions/

Fast Company. 2019. A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platform. Retrieved from: https://www.fastcompany.com/90296956/a-coalition-of-giant-brands-is-about-to-change-how-we-shop-forever-with-a-new-zero-waste-platform

Final Symposium Pitch Ressources:

MaRS:The elevator pitch: Pitch your business to investors in 30 seconds. Retrieved from: https://www.marsdd.com/mars-library/the-elevator-pitch-pitch-your-business-to-investors-in-30-seconds/

MaRS:Team brainstorming for your business plan and investor presentation. Retrieved from: https://www.marsdd.com/mars-library/effective-team-brainstorming-to-create-your-business-plan-or-investor-presentation/

Mindtools:Crafting an Elevator Pitch Introducing Your Company Quickly and Compellingly.  Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/elevator-pitch.htm

Video:

CBC Marketplace:  Plastic Waste: The Supermarket Challenge (S46E11). Retrieved from: https://watch.cbc.ca/media/marketplace/season-46/episode-11/

 

March 5 – reach

BOOKLET VI

Science Article:

Smart Prosperity Institute, (2019). A vision for a circular economy for plastics in Canada the benefits of plastics without the waste and how we get it right. Retrieved from  https://institute.smartprosperity.ca/sites/default/files/report-circulareconomy-february14-final.pdf

News and general articles:

Reach Project: Reaching the had to reach. Retrieved from: http://reachprojectuoft.com/about

Field, A., (2013). Forbes: Can social plastic reduce poverty and save the planet? Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/annefield/2013/08/30/can-social-plastic-decrease-poverty-and-save-the-planet/#6f3a876f786f

Rabson, M., (2018). Global and Mail: Canadian environment ministers aim to cut garbage output by half by 2040. Retrieved from https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canadian-environment-ministers-agree-to-cut-garbage-output-by-half-by/

Stephenson, W., (2018). BBC News Science & Environment: Why Plastic recycling is so confusing.  Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45496884

Video:

UN Environment: The Flipflopi docks in Zanzibar: A final stop for marine litter. Retrieved from https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/flipflopi-docks-zanzibar-final-stop-marine-litter

Now This: TerraCycle Aims to Make Our Waste Stream Completely Recyclable. Retrieved from https://nowthisnews.com/videos/news/terracycle-aims-to-make-our-waste-stream-completely-recyclable

March 26 – behavioural economics

BOOKLET VII- Last session

Science Articles: 

Brooks A., et Al., (2018) Science Advances, Environmental Studies. The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade. Retrieved from http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/6/eaat0131/tab-pdf

News and general articles:

Eco Business, (2019). Circulate Capital and Ocean Conservancy publish first-of-its-kind investment guide to help solve South & Southeast Asia ocean plastic crisis. Retrieved from https://www.eco-business.com/press-releases/circulate-capital-and-ocean-conservancy-publish-first-of-its-kind-investment-guide-to-help-solve-south-southeast-asia-ocean-plastic-crisis/

Greenbiz, (2018). How Dow Chemical and Boise are taking aim at plastics. Retrieved from https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-dow-chemical-and-boise-are-taking-aim-plastics

Katz, Cheryl., (2019).  Yale Environment 360. Piling Up: How China’s Ban on Importing Waste Has Stalled Global Recycling. Retrieved from  https://e360.yale.edu/features/piling-up-how-chinas-ban-on-importing-waste-has-stalled-global-recycling

Trudel R., (2016) Harvard Business Review. The Behavioural economics of Recycling. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2016/10/the-behavioral-economics-of-recycling

World Economic Forum (2019). 5 Steps that could end the plastic pollution crisis and save our oceans. Retrieved from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/5-steps-that-could-end-the-plastic-pollution-crisis-and-save-our-oceans-eb7d4caf24/

Video:

Crash Course Criticism. (2016), Behavioral Economics, Episode #27. Retrieved from http://www.crashcoursecriticism.com/2016/05/05/behavioral-economics-episode-27/

Polishing your pitch

 

 



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