Sustainability Lecture: Paper or Plastic?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Pastore Hall, 124 51 Lower College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Dr. David R. Tyler, Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Chemistry Department of Chemistry University of Oregon will discuss:

"Paper, Plastic, or Cotton Tote Bag? What Life Cycle Assessments Tell Us About the Sustainability of Everyday Items."

We are confronted with choices every day that impact our environment: Paper, plastic, or reusable tote bag? Disposable plastic cup or reusable ceramic mug? Biodiesel, gasohol, or gasoline? Prius or Hummer? Incandescent bulb, compact fluorescent light, or LED? Local or shipped produce? Recycling or incineration?

How do we really know what’s best for the environment?

This talk will focus on how we evaluate the environmental impacts of various materials and products and some of the fundamental principles of green chemistry and sustainability as well. Warning: your intuition about environmental impacts is not always right!

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,  Tyler's research focuses on mechanistic organometallic and inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry, catalysis, and photochemistry. He received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his doctorate from California Institute of Technology.

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