Besides the obvious economic and public health consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the novel coronavirus has also impacted waste management procedures and plastic pollution while upending the goal of a circular economy. Crashing oil prices, increased demand for products containing plastic — including medical equipment, personal protective equipment, single-use food containers and plastic water bottles — and the disruption of recycling sector supply/logistic chains could have severe consequences for global sustainability. A panel of experts discussed these and other impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic as they relate to the greater Houston area, which is home to the largest medical center in the world and runs the fourth largest municipal solid waste operation in the United States.
This webinar was co-sponsored by the Center for Energy Studies and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at Rice University. Follow @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerEnergy.
5:00 p.m. — Presentation
5:30 p.m. — Q&A
Rachel A. Meidl, LP.D., CHMM
Fellow in Energy and Environment, Baker Institute
Division Manager of Recycling, City of Houston
Senior Director of Sustainability & Policy, Waste Management
Director, Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management, Rice University