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 




October 30 – Introduction to excessive plastic waste accumulation

Challenge Briefing:



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:

News and general articles:

National Geographic. Planet or Plastic? Series. 2017. Retrieved in:

World Economic Forum. The World”s Plastic problem in numbers, 2018. Retrieved in:

World Economic Forum. These 11 innovations will tackle the causes of ocean plastic pollution, not just the symptoms. 2018. Retrieved in:


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:

News and general articles:

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics. Retrieved in:

Solutions to Plastic Pollution: Extended Producer Responsibility, 2018. Retrieved in:

Plastic Recycling is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It. 2018. Retrieved in:

Toronto Long Term Waste Strategy. 2018. Retrieved in:


Re-thinking the progress: The Circular Economy. 2011. Retrieved in:


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:

News and general articles:

Pyrowave: Closing the Loop. Retrieved in:

Plastic Bank : Plastic bank stops ocean plastic while reducing poverty. Retrieved in:

PowerHouse Energy to turn waste into hydrogen. Retrieved in:

How breakthrough technology could significantly reduce plastic waste. Retrieved in:

Eco-business: Here’s a solution for the global plastic and energy crises. Retrieved in:

Sustainable Brands: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling. Retrieved in:


David Katz. TEDxAcademy. Social Plastic is a new currency Retrieved in:

February 12 – reach


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:

News and general articles:

Greenmantra: Creating Value from Recycled Plastic. Retrieved in:

National Geographic. 2019. A Running list of action on Plastic Pollution. Retrieved from:

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

Final Symposium Pitch Ressources:

MaRS:The elevator pitch: Pitch your business to investors in 30 seconds. Retrieved from:

MaRS:Team brainstorming for your business plan and investor presentation. Retrieved from:

Mindtools:Crafting an Elevator Pitch Introducing Your Company Quickly and Compellingly.  Retrieved from:


CBC Marketplace:  Plastic Waste: The Supermarket Challenge (S46E11). Retrieved from:


March 5 – reach


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

News and general articles:

Reach Project: Reaching the had to reach. Retrieved from:

Field, A., (2013). Forbes: Can social plastic reduce poverty and save the planet? Retrieved from

Rabson, M., (2018). Global and Mail: Canadian environment ministers aim to cut garbage output by half by 2040. Retrieved from

Stephenson, W., (2018). BBC News Science & Environment: Why Plastic recycling is so confusing.  Retrieved from


UN Environment: The Flipflopi docks in Zanzibar: A final stop for marine litter. Retrieved from

Now This: TerraCycle Aims to Make Our Waste Stream Completely Recyclable. Retrieved from

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

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

Greenbiz, (2018). How Dow Chemical and Boise are taking aim at plastics. Retrieved from

Katz, Cheryl., (2019).  Yale Environment 360. Piling Up: How China’s Ban on Importing Waste Has Stalled Global Recycling. Retrieved from

Trudel R., (2016) Harvard Business Review. The Behavioural economics of Recycling. Retrieved from

World Economic Forum (2019). 5 Steps that could end the plastic pollution crisis and save our oceans. Retrieved from


Crash Course Criticism. (2016), Behavioral Economics, Episode #27. Retrieved from

Polishing your pitch



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