Plastics in the Ocean

In Person at MidWest One Bank (across from the Pentacrest, University of Iowa)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
turtle under the surface of the ocean with a plastic bag in its mouth

The PPC is proud to support this lecture hosted by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC).

Blake Rupe is an adjunct global health instructor at the University of Iowa who is focused on changing the ways that communities engage with environmental issues. During her MA in International Studies at the University of Iowa, she launched Re-App Inc., a company that encourages people to live more sustainable lives. This start-up's mobile application, Re-App, gave people the power to measure and track their recycling efforts over time. Intrigued by the possibility of sustainability efforts through applications, Rupe created a new application, Sift, to provide a platform for community members to share tips on sustainable living. As a professor, Rupe conducts research on human drivers behind waste proliferation and marine debris presence, while also acting as the Sustainability Program Manager through the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or