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Sept. 26 Green Team event features plastics pollution expert Judith Enck

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on September 11, 2019

The BCSD Green Team will co-host an evening event about plastic pollution with guest speaker Judith Enck, who will discuss what communities like Bethlehem can do to eliminate this threat to the environment and our health. The event, Plastic Pollution and What You Can Do About It, and will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Central Middle School, in the auditorium.

The Green Team helps create sustainable practices in BCSD schools that have included the elimination of styrofoam, straws, and plastic flatware in BC cafeterias, recycling and food composting in all buildings, the addition of a new 2.1 megawatt solar photovoltaic system, and gardens at the district’s schools. Green Team members collaborate with district leaders and staff in the Food Service and Operations and Maintenance departments on many of these efforts and are continuing to expand their work this year by setting up plastic bag recycling stations in all BC schools.

“We hope the presentation by Judith Enck will continue to raise awareness and create change for environmental issues that affect our students and community,” said Green Team advisor and founder Mark Warford.

  • Event: Plastic Pollution and What You Can Do About It
  • Speaker: Judith Enck, Director of Beyond Plastics (
  • Time: Thursday, September 26, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Talk starts at 7:00 PM
  • Location: Bethlehem Central Middle School auditorium, 332 Kenwood Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
  • Organized and co-sponsored by: Bethlehem Tomorrow and Bethlehem Central School District Green Team
  • Reservation: Priority entrance with RSVP at

Plastic pollution is everywhere. It’s clogging our landfills, killing sea-life, and we breathe and ingest it into our bodies after it erodes into microplastics.

Launched in January 2019, Beyond Plastics is a nationwide project based at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, that pairs the wisdom and experience of environmental policy experts with the energy and creativity of college students to build a vibrant and effective anti-plastics movement. Learn what communities like Bethlehem can do to eliminate this menace to the environment and our health.

Judith Enck is the founder and Director of Beyond Plastics, a 501(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy for ways to protect our environment. She is also a Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty member at Bennington College, where she teaches classes on plastic pollution, and can be heard regularly on WAMC. She previously served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Those wishing to make a voluntary donation in support of the mission of Beyond Plastics may do so that evening.