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1st Annual "No Plastic Left Behind"
A Campaign Against the Plastic Plague Conference
A workshop for youth and activists from around the world to take action

Saturday, October 11, 2008
8:15 am Registration
9 am to 5 pm Conference
Location: Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hosted by Earth Resource Foundation & Orange Coast College Recycling Center

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Join us at 7:45 am for a 1/2 hour yoga and meditation session in the beautiful outdoor horticulture center

8:15 to 9:00                   Registration, Continental Breakfast and Vendor Fair

9:00                              Welcome and “Zero Waste Policies: The answer to the plastic plague”
Stephanie Barger, Executive Director, Earth Resource Foundation

9:15 to 10:00                 Keynote: Brenda Platt, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Plastics and Healthy Communities: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Healthy communities require healthy materials. Today’s fossil-fuel-based plastics threaten the environment, human health, species maintenance, and the very life of the ocean.  This presentation will review the history of plastics, the problems they pose today, the potential for bio-based plastics to mitigate the known health hazards and environmental impacts of fossil-fuel-based plastics, and the connection between disposable plastics and climate change.  Brenda will conclude by addressing the policies and strategies needed to effect change and bring sustainable plastics materials to the marketplace.

10:00 to 10:45               Panel –– “Getting Down to Business” – Helping businesses get the message
Zero Waste Business - Martin Dietrich, Kean Coffee
Plastic Reduction Ordinances Good For Business, Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation
The Price of Recycling – Mike Carey, Orange Coast College Recycling Center

10:45 to 11:15               Break and Vendor Fair

11:15 to 12:00               Breakout Sessions (see below)

12:00 to 1:00                 Lunch (in the beautiful outdoor OCC horticulture center) & Vendor Fair

1:00 to 2:15                   Panel - “Acting Out” – How activism can make a difference
One Person Can Start a Movement – blogs and internet campaigns Beth Terry,
Day without a Bag, Sonia Diaz, Heal The Bay
Tools for Change – The Bag Monster, Videos, YouTube

2: 25 to 3:10                  Breakout Sessions (see below)

3:10 to 3:30                   Break and Vendor Fair

3:30 to 4:10                   Breakout Sessions (see below)

4:15 to 5:00                   Closing Presentations from Breakout groups
                                    Closure and summary - Stephanie Barger

5:00 to 5:30                   Vendor Fair


Ø       Plastics in a Zero Waste Economy - Laura Anthony, Zero Waste San Diego
Ø       Alternatives to Plastic - Beth Terry, and
Ø       Environmental Education  - Michael Klubock, Malibu Foundation  
Ø       Current Legislation - Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation
Ø       Day without a Bag  - Sonia Diaz, Heal the Bay
Ø       Bioplastics and Sustainable Plastics  - Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Ø       Working with Businesses  - Earth Resource Foundation
Ø       Youth Activism –Youth Against Styrofoam and others
The Truth about Plastic Recycling   - Mike Carey, Orange Coast College Recycling Center

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