Blog : PLAN and UNH Host Dr. Paul Connett, Author of "Zero Waste Solutions"

By Madalyn | Sep 23, 2014 | in

The University of New Hampshire and the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) are excited to announce guest speaker Dr. Paul Connett, the author of “The Zero Waste Solution.” The event featuring Dr. Connett is scheduled to take place at the UNH Durham Campus on Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Granite State Room located in the Memorial Union Building.

Dr. Connett will discuss not only his book but also his philosophies on how to establish ways to clean up the environment, a necessary, achievable, step to protect our planet’s health. He believes that we can revitalize the planet and reduce pollution one community at a time. Change can be brought about with the actions of individuals, because the largest impact comes from people who are passionate and dedicated to making real changes.

During his talk Dr.Connett will discuss his plan to rectify the hazards of improper waste disposal and the resulting pollution it creates. He will explain how, in particular, university students can make a radical difference in their communities. There is a significant amount of litter pollution that takes place on the college campuses from beer cans and cigarette butts to larger items. Which is one of the reasons PLAN established UNH’s Trash 2 Treasure initiative that has been going strong for 4 years.

Dr. Connett’s goal is for his audiences to reevaluate the way in which they think about waste and waste management. Dr. Connett believes that to make effective changes, education about better, healthier and greener waste solutions is the answer.

As humans we create waste on a daily basis. By making mindful changes in the disposal of waste, we can significantly decrease the amount of unnecessary, mindless pollution in our communities. Simple solutions such as separating out organic waste for compost and putting policies in place for reusing and recycling materials can have a dramatic impact on communities.

Though these solutions appear simple, Dr. Connett will discuss the absolute necessity of implementing these practices into our daily life. The three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle are at the center of Dr. Connett’s beliefs. All of the three R’s are important, though people often bypass the first two and jump straight to recycle, which is not adequate.

The UNH Dining Services prides itself on being at the forefront of sustainability making it a priority in its daily operations and campus culture. UNH Dining Services implemented a new no-tray policy to reduce the amount of water used and to cut back on food waste. In the past students were given a paper material box upon entering the dining hall to be used once and then thrown away.

This year, students pay $3.25 and receive a reusable plastic container for the entire semester. By doing this, UNH Dining Services created a system that not only reduces waste, but also helps students to reuse and recycle the containers once they’re done with them at year’s end. This is a prime example of UNH putting Dr. Connett’s belief system of zero waste to work.

Dr. Paul Connett is an international expert on zero waste solutions and UNH is thrilled to welcome him to their campus. Come learn more about zero waste solutions at this wonderful event! This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend.