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PPC Webinar | Filtered Water: Preventing Billions of Plastic Bottles from Flooding U.S. Communities

March 28 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

With World Water Day on March 22, this month is a time to take action to expand water equity and access to the 2 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. Water filters offer a solution that can remove many of the dangerous water contaminants—without billions of single-use plastic bottles—during water disasters and poor infrastructure like the toxic lead service lines bringing water into the homes of 22 million people in the U.S.

In this month’s webinar, Filtered Water: Preventing Billions of Plastic Bottles From Flooding U.S. Communities, we will discuss how proactive distribution of filters is a sustainable and affordable solution for providing clean water to the millions of people in the U.S. waiting to undergo the replacement of toxic lead pipes. Our panel will also explore why single-use plastic bottles are not the solution, as they are toxic to produce, can leach dangerous chemicals and microplastics into the water they carry, and end up in landfills or the surrounding environment. 

We are grateful to be joined by a panel of expert scientists and community advocates, including Deandrah Cameron, Policy Manager at New Jersey FutureDr. Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Associate Research Professor and Director of Sustainability at Penn State Erie Behrend College; John Rumpler, Clean Water and Get the Lead Out Director at Environment America. The conversation will be moderated by Madison Dennis, Project Manager for the Plastic Pollution Coalition Filtered Not Bottled campaign.

Date: Thurs., March 28
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Panelists

Deandrah Cameron

Deandrah Cameron (she/her) develops and advances New Jersey state policies that affect health, water infrastructure, and redevelopment, with a primary focus on lead in drinking water. She serves as the backbone staff to the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force, working closely with the Lead-Free New Jersey Collaborative. Before joining New Jersey Future, Deandrah was a Monmouth County Health Department case investigator. Deandrah holds a B.S. in Public Health from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a Master of Public Health focused on Health Systems and Policy with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Nutrition from the Rutgers School of Public Health.


Dr. Sherri A. “Sam” Mason

Dr. Sherri A. Mason (aka “Sam”) (she/her) currently serves as the Director of Sustainability at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. She completed her doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Montana as a NASA Earth System Science scholar. While a Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia, her research group was among the first to study the prevalence and impact of plastic pollution within freshwater ecosystems. Sam has won several awards and has been featured within hundreds of mass media articles, including BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, HuffPost, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Her work formed the basis for the Microbeads-Free Water Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. Similar legislation has been approved or is being considered at various locations internationally.


John Rumpler

John Rumpler (he/him) directs Environment America’s efforts to protect our rivers, lakes, streams, and drinking water. John’s areas of expertise include lead and other toxic threats to drinking water, factory farms and agribusiness pollution, algal blooms, fracking, and the federal Clean Water Act. He previously worked as a staff attorney for Alternatives for Community & Environment and Tobacco Control Resource Center. John lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his family, where he enjoys cooking, running, playing tennis and chess, and building sand castles on the beach.


Moderator

Madison Dennis

Madison Dennis (she/her) is a Project Manager for Plastic Pollution Coalition leading the Filtered Not Bottled initiative. Madison has led campaigns across local, federal, and international communities to protect marine wildlife, bolster clean energy, and expand digital equity. In her work, Madison prioritizes systems-based, collaborative solutions that center the impacted communities and the environment. Madison has a BS in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia, focusing on marine biology and conservation. While earning her degree, she witnessed the devastating impacts of plastic pollution on our oceans, and also the communities who rely on ocean systems for food, income, and their way of life.


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