Zero-waste topic of Senate film and discussion on April 13

Photo of a man operating a movie camera in an industrial area with stacked bales of crushed metal (auto parts being prepared for recycling?)

Grant Baldwin filming a part of The Clean Bin Project at a waste collection site.

On Wednesday, April 13, the Student Senate’s Environmental Issues Task Force will be hosting The Clean Bin Project at The Pulse. The 76-minute film follows a couple who, after seeing the impact that landfills have on our environment, challenge each other to live a zero-waste free life. By the end of the year, whoever can produce the least amount of trash wins.

The Clean Bin Project has won numerous awards including “Best Environmental Documentary Feature” from the Atlanta DocuFest and “Inspiring Community Action Award” at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

Following the movie, there will be a question-and-answer session with guest speaker Kelley Skumautz. She started the company Refill to You, and ran it out of her car while living in Carpinteria, California. The purpose of her business was to encourage people to lead a waste-free life, however possible. In summer 2016, she is launching a zero-waste, carbon-neutral business in north Minneapolis.

Sokthida Ong, co-chair of the Environmental Issues Task Force, encourages everyone to watch the film because she believes that “change starts with us.” “In order to influence others," she adds, "we must make sure we are setting a good model.”

Currently, Ong and her committee are working with other student groups such as the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Social Events and Experience for Katies (SEEK), Advocating for Animals, Biology Club and Food Justice Coalition to host environmental sustainability events on campus during Earth Week, starting April 18.

The film screening and discussion with Skumautz with take place in The Pulse from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

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By Sophia Niemeyer '16