Recycling, or natural resources conservation, is near the top of any list of activities individuals can do to protect the environment. When former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson was asked what the biggest thing people could do to positively impact the environment and health, her response was:
"If we would insist on a recycling rate in our country at 80, 85, 90 percent, we would do a bunch of things. Certainly, we would have a cleaner environment. We would save a tremendous amount of water and energy. We would create millions of jobs because recycling, in and of itself, would become a supply chain in our country — a very domestic one. So, although it sounds simple — when you see those recycling bins, when people start to talk about recycling — think of it as a homegrown jobs program, an environmental program and an energy program and a water program all in one."
This lecture will cover the basics of “why” we recycle, and then move on to “what” and “how” to recycle, providing a glimpse into what happens after you throw that can in the bin and the impacts of that simple action.
Andrew Basmajian has over twenty years of experience working in environmental and sustainability programming and policy for the City of Santa Monica. He focuses on communications and oversees outreach efforts in the areas of resource conservation, urban runoff, hazardous materials, green building, business greening, sustainable procurement and environmental education. He is a third generation Los Angelino, born and raised in Pasadena. He has a B.A., in political science from UCLA; and a Business Studies Certification in Marketing and Advertising from UCLA Extension. He currently serves as the president of the board of the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market and enjoys mountain biking, beach volleyball and spending time with his wife Lise and daughters Alana and Nora.