South Carolina Aquarium 2017 Plastic Pollution Summit

The Charleston Gaillard Center
Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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South Carolina Aquarium 2017 Plastic Pollution Summit

The Charleston Gaillard Center
Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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All sessions, including keynotes, will be held inside the Charleston Gaillard Center

All sessions, including keynotes, will be held inside the Charleston Gaillard Center

The Plastic Solutions Pavilion, a tented outdoor marketplace, will concurrently be held on the Gaillard Center’s Terrace, visible and accessible to passersby along Calhoun Street. The pavilion will host exhibitors featuring interactive displays on conservation initiatives.

If you can’t attend the summit in person, we are offering a live stream option for classroom teachers. Our Youth Summit is created specifically to engage students in thoughtful, creative problem solving. Click here to read more. 

Sessions And Activities

A variety of session formats will enable rich conversations
about solutions to plastic pollution.

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“Spotlight on Innovation” Speakers


Three keynote sessions and a lunch seminar will connect you with thought leaders who have successfully implemented innovative solutions to the plastic crisis.

Panel Sessions


Two moderated and interactive dialogues will convene citizen-focused or corporate pacesetters in achieving resolution to environmental plastic pollution. Panels are oriented around Grassroots Policy, and Market-Driven Innovations and Solutions.

Plenary Sessions


Solution-oriented breakout sessions will more deeply explore specific elements of the multi-faceted plastics issue and provide significant opportunities for audience participation. Breakouts include: Citizen Science, Social and Economic Costs of Aquatic Debris, Government Vanguards of the Aquatic Debris Movement, Correlations Between Human and Environmental Health, Plastics as the Next Predator of Wildlife, and Consumer Engagement and Emerging Tools.

Plastic Solutions Pavilion


An outdoor pavilion will highlight top innovators in the marketplace who are actively reducing harmful plastic production through new technologies and sustainable products.