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Initiative inFocus Webinars

NiSE co-hosted webinars called Initiative inFocus at the Institute on the Environment. The goal of the webinars is to discuss relevant and concrete sustainability issues. It will be a deep dive engagement opportunity. The webinar will feature national experts and be professionally facilitated.

Initiative inFocus is a dialogue-oriented program of NiSE at the Institute on the Environment aiming to surface new challenges and opportunities requiring collaborative inquiry.  These webinars allow many ideas to enter the discussion and identify only the most likely avenues for fruitful research and practice.  Outcomes from inFocus events will directly influence broader dialogue and research conducted at NiSE and partnering organizations.


Archived Recordings

Here you will find recordings of past webinars presented by NiSE at the Institute on the Environment. If you were unable to attend the webinar or would like to review the presented material, navigate to the links below to view a recording of the webinar and corresponding chat.

Materials Cycling: A Focus on Plastics


The “A Focus on Plastics” webinar delved into the topic of plastics recycling, a research area of our Materials Cycling Initiative. Joining us were national experts Samantha MacBride, author of Recycling Reconsidered and assistant professor at CUNY – Baruch College, and Keefe Harrison, consultant at Resource Recycling Systems. Tim Smith, director of NiSE, facilitated. Through the presentations and discussion in this webinar, we explored plastics recycling and its future potential from a variety of perspectives.

Procurement in Sustainability: from buying green products to creating green solutions


Our first in a new series of engagement webinars focused on our initiative tackling sustainable procurement. This webinar brought together national experts Kevin Dooley, Nancy Gillis, and Rolf Nordstrom to discuss a deep dive into our initiative. The webinar fostered a rich dialogue which we encourage you to continue on our blog.

For information about other NiSE events, click here.

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