PPC Webinar | Safe Drinking Water for All: Protecting Communities from Plastic During U.S. Lead Pipe Replacement

March 23, 2023 , 5:00 pm 6:30 pm EDT

2023 March Webinar

Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 2-3:30 pm PT | 5-6:30 pm ET
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All people deserve access to safe drinking water. As part of the UN 2023 Water Conference, we are highlighting the need to keep plastic—and its toxic impacts—out of our water systems. Plastics are a health threat at every stage of their existence and are a critical environmental injustice issue disproportionately harming rural, low-income, and communities of color on the front lines of plastic production and disposal. That’s why plastic is not the solution for replacing the toxic lead pipes that currently deliver water into the homes of 22 million people in the United States. With $15 billion designated for lead pipe replacement over the next 5 years, this is the time to influence how the federal and local government use these funds to provide toxic-free drinking water without plastic

During our March 23 webinar, we will discuss the health hazards of single-use plastic bottles and plastic pipes such as those made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). We’ll recommend options for safe, non-plastic drinking water solutions during lead pipe replacement as well as tips and resources to ensure community water sources remain free of pollutants. These solutions are applicable not only for lead-impacted communities, but also the growing number of communities impacted by PFAs, microplastics, and other chemicals that commonly contaminate water resources. Tune in to learn ways to keep your family safe with filtered, toxic-free water. 

Joining us will be Brandi Williams, Good Trouble Department Civil and Human Rights & Fields Campaign Director, Hip Hop Caucus; Sharon Lavigne, founder of Rise St. James and 2021 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize; Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Terrence Collins, Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University; and Erica Cirino, Plastic Pollution Coalition Communications Manager and author of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis. The webinar will be moderated by Madison Dennis, Filtered Not Bottled Campaign Coordinator, Plastic Pollution Coalition.


Erica Cirino
Erica Cirino
Communications Manager of Plastic Pollution Coalition & Author of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis

Erica Cirino is the Communications Manager of Plastic Pollution Coalition and author of Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Island Press, 2021). In the book, she documents plastic across ecosystems and elements; shares stories from the primarily Black, Brown, Indigenous, rural, and low-income communities that are disproportionately harmed by industrial pollution and injustice globally; and uncovers strategies that work to prevent plastic from causing further devastation to our planet and its inhabitants. Erica has spent the last decade working as a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds, and she is best known for her widely published photojournalistic works that cut through plastic industry misinformation to deliver the often shocking and difficult truths about plastic—the most ubiquitous and insidious man-made material on Earth.

Dr. Terrence Collins
Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry & Director of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Terrence Collins is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University. The Institute is dedicated to “the intellectual growth and technical education of a new generation of ethically aware professionals who understand and practice science in the pursuit of sustainability—from the molecular level on up.” Terrence earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Auckland with postdoctoral work at Stanford University. He has authored/co-authored over 250 publications, delivered over 600 public lectures, and holds over 20 career awards. He developed the first Chemistry and Sustainability university class in 1992, and believes that “achieving a sustainable global chemical enterprise is first and foremost a human character challenge.”

Judith Enck

Judith Enck
CEO of Beyond Plastics

Judith Enck is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, where she oversaw environmental protections in New York, New Jersey, eight Indian Nations, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She founded Beyond Plastics in 2019 with a mission to end plastic pollution through education, advocacy, and institutional change. She is a Senior Fellow and visiting faculty member at Bennington College, where she currently teaches classes on plastic pollution. Previously, Judith served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office, Policy Advisor to the New York State Attorney General, Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group, and Executive Director for Environmental Advocates of New York. Judith is a past President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and a regular contributor to public affairs discussions.

Sharon Lavigne

Sharon Lavigne
Founding Director of Rise St. James

Sharon Lavigne is the Founding Director of Rise St. James, a faith-based organization focused on preventing worsening pollution from and expansion of the petrochemical industry. An environmental justice activist based in Louisiana, Sharon’s work focuses on combating petrochemical complexes and their negative health impacts on local populations in her state as well as others that comprise Cancer Alley. She is the 2022 recipient of the Laetare Medal, the highest honor for American Catholics, and a 2021 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize. She has testified before Congress and is also a collaborator on the Coalition Against Death Alley, a regional environmental justice group. She is also a plaintiff in White Hat v. Landry, an environmental justice case, focused on changes in Louisiana Oil and Gas law.

Brandi N.Williams

Brandi N. Williams
Civil and Human Rights, Good Trouble Department Field Campaigns Director for Hip Hop Caucus

Brandi “Bea” Williams serves as the Civil and Human Rights, Good Trouble Department Field Campaigns Director for the Hip Hop Caucus. She is an award-winning and accredited public relations professional turned broker for change who uses her diverse public relations background to negotiate opportunities, equity, and liberation for Black people. Brandi’s advocacy ranges from environmental sustainability to education and mental health. Recently, Brandi earned the Eatmon Award, which is given annually to a person dedicated to educating Black voters. Brandi received her certification as a health coach and launched SoulMed, a holistic health collaborative for Black women. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and trauma, domestic violence, and anxiety and depression, she believes health is a radical act of social justice that can help change the trajectory of outcomes for Black people. As such, Brandi is dedicated to ensuring Black people have access to one of the most basic human rights—clean water.


February 16, 2023 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

PPC Webinar: Plastic-Free Pet Care: Safeguarding the Health of 
Our Furry Friends

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Did you know that plastic can be harmful to your pet’s health? From plastic toys to disposable food containers and poop bags, plastic pet care items are everywhere. Science has established links between exposure to plastic chemicals and a range of diseases in humans—and many of the same risks apply to our furry, feathered, and scaly friends!

During our February 16, 2023, webinar, we will discuss the health hazards of plastics used in pet care products. We’ll also provide tips and tricks for finding plastic-free alternatives and explore the impacts of plastic waste on the environment and how we can reduce our plastic footprint as we care for our animal friends. Whether you’re a new pet owner or a seasoned pro, this webinar is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to provide the best possible care for their furry, feathered, or scaly pals, while also taking better care of our planet.

Joining us will be Dr. Arlene Blum, Founder & Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute; Dr. Marty Goldstein, Veterinarian & Author, The Spirit of Animal Healing; and Tracy Rosensteel, Founder, Pooch Paper LLC. The webinar will be moderated by Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO, Plastic Pollution Coalition.


Dr. Arlene Blum
Founder & Executive Director
Green Science Policy Institute

Arlene Blum PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a Research Associate at UC Berkeley. The Institute’s scientific research and policy work with government and business has contributed to preventing the use of harmful chemicals in products worldwide. 

Blum led the first American­ and all-women’s ­ascent of Annapurna I, considered one of the world’s most dangerous and difficult mountains, co-led the first women’s team to climb Denali; completed the Great Himalayan Traverse across the mountain regions of Bhutan, Nepal, and India; and hiked the length of the European Alps with her baby daughter on her back. She is the author of Annapurna: A Woman’s Place and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life. Blum’s awards include a 2022 Honorary Doctorate from the University of San Francisco, honorary membership in the American Alpine Club, and induction into the California Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Marty Goldstein(1)
Dr. Marty Goldstein
Veterinarian & Author
The Spirit of Animal Healing

Dr. Marty Goldstein earned his DVM from Cornell University in 1973. He was certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1977 and was one of the founding members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Over the last four plus decades, Dr. Marty has given seminars on alternative therapies worldwide and has appeared on numerous regional and national radio and television programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Martha Show, and Good Morning America. He is also the author of The Nature of Animal Healing, first published in 1999. It received excellent reviews and has continued to sell consistently ever since. He has completed the sequel, The Spirit of Animal Healing, which was published February 2021. For 6 years, he hosted his own weekly program, “Ask Martha’s Vet with Dr Marty” on Martha Stewart’s Sirius/XM satellite radio network.

Dr. Marty, his wife and three daughters share their lives with dogs, cats, parakeets, chickens, two horses, and a bunny named Pork Chop in a very happy home.

Tracy Rosensteel
Tracy Rosensteel
Pooch Paper LLC

Tracy Rosensteel has worked over 23 years on Wall Street selling and supporting mission-critical trading floor technology. The first 10 years were spent supporting the trading infrastructure at the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Board Options Exchange. In 2007, she moved to NYC and opened her own 15-person firm that she ran until 2016, where she sold the balance of her contracts. While much of her career was spent in high-pressure environments, Tracy would consider her “side hustles” the initiatives which capture her heart.

In 2011, Tracy created, produced, directed, and hosted an award-winning travel television series about people around the globe who live their lives in pursuit of their dreams. Originally airing on PBS nationwide for four years, In Pursuit of Passion can now be found streaming on Amazon. Tracy actively authors and illustrates children’s books and plays and most recently launched Pooch Paper, inspired by her passion for protecting the environment and her love for her “man about town” French Bulldog named Indiana Jones.


January 12, 2023 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

PPC Webinar - Washed Up: The Invisible Threat of Microfibers

Over 60% of clothing sold worldwide contains plastic—in the forms of polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex, and more. Through regular washing and wearing, synthetic clothing sheds tiny plastic particles called “microfibers.” A single load of laundry can release over 9 million microfibers into our waterways. Many microfibers are so small they cannot be filtered by wastewater treatment facilities and ultimately end up in our oceans.

In our first webinar of 2023, we will explore how the ubiquitous nature of synthetic textiles is causing a massive and largely invisible plastic pollution problem. We will be joined by Meli Hinostroza, Co-Founder, Aya Eco Fashion & Arms of Andes; Dr. Andrej Kržan, Chief Scientist, PlanetCare; and Dr. Judith Weis, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. The conversation will be moderated by Madeleine MacGillivray, Climate and Plastics Campaign Coordinator, Seeding Sovereignty.

Date: Thursday, January 12
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Meli Hinostroza
Aya Eco Fashion & Arms of Andes

Meli is a Los Angeles-born Peruvian who has worked to bridge the gap between her ancestors’ heritage and the modern world by creating uniquely sustainable clothing made from the Inca’s most functional fiber, alpaca wool, and the softest organic fiber, organic pima cotton. With her brother, Rensso, they built a studio in Peru developing plastic-free clothing through their company “Arms of Andes,” a PPC Business Member. Her goals are to keep centering sustainability and spreading the word of what a real sustainable clothing industry should be. The siblings aim to redesign the fashion industry and educate consumers and manufacturers on how to choose and create sustainable and biodegradable clothing.

Dr. Andrej Kržan
Chief Scientist

Andrej holds a doctorate in chemistry and has been working in academic research for 25 years, focusing on the environmental aspects of polymers and plastics. He has coordinated several international projects and is a lecturer for waste management and polymer materials at the University level. Andrej joined PPC Business Member PlanetCare in 2018 with a wish to not just study an environmental problem but rather contribute to a solution for it. At PlanetCare, he is responsible for projects, external collaborations, and the laboratory.

Dr. Judith S. Weis
Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences
Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey

Judith is a Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. She has published over 250 refereed scientific papers and a technical book on marine pollution, and has edited several books. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a Science Policy Fellow with the U.S. Senate and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Indonesia. She has been on advisory committees for U.S. EPA, NOAA (National Sea Grant Advisory Board), and the National Research Council. She also chaired the Science Advisory Board of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. She served on the boards of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Association for Women in Science, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, of which she was President in 2001.


Madeleine MacGillivray
Climate and Plastics Campaign Coordinator
Seeding Sovereignty

Madeleine is a lifelong climate activist, microplastics-focused science communicator, sustainable brand consultant, and native of Brooklyn, NY. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Barnard, having completed her undergraduate thesis on microplastics pollution at Columbia’s renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Madeleine is the Climate and Plastics Campaign Coordinator at Indigenous-led Seeding Sovereignty, connecting environmental justice and the fossil fuel-to-plastic pipeline. Also an Ambassador and advisory board member of the 5 Gyres Institute, Madeleine specializes in microplastics pollution research and legislation. Madeleine communicates complex environmental issues with creativity, compassion, and empathy.


November 17, 2022 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

Every holiday season, millions of people face the challenge of finding thoughtful gifts for the ones they love. Unfortunately, cultural norms around holiday gift giving often create an ocean of waste in their wake—in packaging, wrapping, and in the many gifted items that are used a limited number of times before breaking or being discarded. Many of these items are made from plastic that offgases toxic chemicals and sheds microplastic particles, which are harmful to animals and people, especially children. Fortunately, there are alternative ways to celebrate and by forging new traditions, we can gift mindfully for healthier, lower waste holidays.

Join us for a special holiday webinar featuring Alejandra Warren, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plastic Free Future and Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, Pediatrician, Founder/CEO of Ahimsa in a discussion moderated by Plastic Pollution Coalition Co-Founder & Managing Director Julia Cohen.

DATE: Thursday, November 17
TIME: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Dr. Manasa Mantravadi
Dr. Manasa Mantravadi
Pediatrician, Founder/CEO of Ahimsa

Dr. Manasa Mantravadi is a board certified pediatrician who practices in Indiana as a Pediatric Hospitalist. She takes care of children who are ill enough to be admitted to the hospital and cares for them in this setting. She received her medical degree from IU School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency at Northwestern University/Lurie Children’s Hospital. She trained at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for fellowship in Endocrinology. Most recently, she launched the world’s first colorful stainless steel dishes for kids, Ahimsa, after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighted the growing evidence of chemicals in plastic harming children’s health. The company has been featured in Parents Magazine and was the recipient of The Good Housekeeping Parenting Awards 2021. She is now on the Council for Environmental Health and Climate Change as well as the Council for School Health at the AAP. She loves to educate and empower parents with evidence-based information to raise healthy children and protect our planet.

Alejandra Warren
Alejandra Warren
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Plastic Free Future

Alejandra Warren is an intersectional environmentalist working on diverse plastic reduction, resource conservation and intersectional justice projects in California. She co-founded Plastic Free Future in 2020, a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction and elimination of plastic pollution through promoting reusable alternatives and focusing on outreach to systemically excluded communities. From soil to humans, Alejandra strongly believes in the interconnectedness of all organisms and that working to heal our relationship with the environment will lead to happier, healthier, and more resilient communities.


Julia Cohen
Julia Cohen
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Julia Cohen is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, based in Washington, D.C. Julia has nearly three decades of experience in leading executive, strategic, communications, fundraising, and outreach efforts for a wide range of government, entertainment, and non-profit groups.

She has served in leadership positions with numerous organizations, including Environmental Working Group (EWG), Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC), MADE SAFE, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), Save The Children’s YouthNoise, Youth Vote Coalition, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Rock The Vote, and as a Program Officer, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, US State Department.


October 27, 2022 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

Microplastics are everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. They’re small enough to enter our cells, and they can mimic our hormones. Scientists are only beginning to understand the long-term impacts these invisible contaminants have on our bodies—many have been linked to diseases, from diabetes to certain cancers. Plastics are a risk to all of us—made up of over 10,000 chemicals that are harmful to our health and the planet.

Join us on October 27 for a conversation with Matt Simon, author of the new book, A Poison Like No Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies, as we discuss the harmful impact microplastics have on our environment and our bodies. Joining Matt will be Dr. Deonie Allen & Dr. Steve Allen of Plastic Pollution News. The webinar will be moderated by Asher Jay, Founder & CEO of Henoscene and PPC Executive Advisory Board Member.

DATE: Thursday, October 27
TIME: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Dr. Deonie Allen
Marie Currie Global Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Canterbury (NZ) & Co-Founder, Plastic Pollution News

Dr. Deonie Allen is an Marie Currie Global research fellow working with the University ofBirmingham (UK) and the University of Canterbury (NZ). Her research has focused on environmental pollution and pollution transport in urban and remote locations, specifically man-made pollutants, and how they influence environmental health, ecosystem function, sustainable and circular economy actions. Her current research focus is on microplastic pollution and its cyclic transport; in the air, water and soil/sediment. Deonie is a member of the GESAMP (UN Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) working group and is involved in a range of microplastic projects around the world. She is the Co-Founder of Plastic Pollution News with her husband, Dr. Steve Allen.

Dr. Steve Allen
Research Fellow, The Ocean Frontier Institute & Co-Founder, Plastic Pollution News

Dr Steve Allen is a research fellow with the Ocean Frontier Institute (Canada) studying micro and nano plastic pollution. Steve is an Australian born, passionate bluewater sailor and paraglider pilot but spends most of his time at a computer or in the lab shooting lasers at microplastics. His research focus is on micro(nano)plastic pollution and their associated toxic contaminants in the environment, especially airborne microplastic movement and remote area pollution. Steve is working to push the frontiers of how we sample micro and nano plastic in the environment more effectively and cheaply and how to analyze smaller and smaller particles and their associated contaminants. His work has shown that plastic pollution is traveling through the air and coming back out of the sea on the wind. He is the Co-Founder of Plastic Pollution News with his wife, Dr. Deonie Allen.

Matt Simon
Author, A Poison Like No Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies & Science Journalist, Wired magazine

Matt Simon has been a science journalist at Wired magazine for nine years. He covers a range of beats, including biology, robotics, climate change, and of course, microplastic pollution. He is the creator of Wired’s Absurd Creature of the Week column, which ran from September 2013 to March 2016. This later turned into the weekly web video series Absurd Creatures, which was then adapted into the hit Netflix series Absurd Planet, which premiered in April 2020. Matt is the author of two previous books. The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution’s Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life’s Biggest Problems, which cataloged the strangest creatures on Earth and won an Alex Award in 2017. This inspired his second book, Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves, which dove deep into the science of how parasites mind-control their hosts, published in 2018.


Asher Jay
Founder & CEO of Henoscene

Asher Jay is a National Geographic explorer turned tech entrepreneur and is a member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition Executive Advisory Board. She is the founder and CEO of Henoscene, a blockchain application that brings transparency and accountability to Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Social Governance aligned impact initiatives. Asher is an international adventurer and public figure whose career arc has taken her from fashion designing on Seventh Avenue to campaigning against illicit contraband on Billboards worldwide. Asher’s work has contributed to raising consumer awareness and empowering citizen action for well known brands like Prada, Adidas, Citizen Watches, L’Oréal and others. From business to design, Asher’s efforts have always pushed the boundaries on and explored technology as the final frontier to promote access, scale transformation, and enhance equity.