Published: March 14, 2019

MSU, zero waste nonprofit partner to host eco-conscious event

Contact(s): Jackie Zarzycki

Michigan State University will host the Points of Intervention Tour, a traveling environmental justice event spearheaded by the Post-Landfill Action Network, a zero waste advocacy organization based in New Hampshire, on March 19 and 20.

Held on campus, the event will feature speakers, workshops and a resource fair. Campus partners include MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center, MSU Residential and Hospitality Services, MSU Sustainability, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. 

The Points of Intervention Tour will increase awareness of the differences between a linear and circular economy, invite attendees to question dominant and unsustainable consumption patterns and develop skills to intervene in the face of injustice. 

The event kicks off on March 19 with a discussion led by keynote speaker Michelle Martinez, a Detroit activist and coordinator for the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. Post-Landfill Action Network’s Ansley Pope will also moderate a six-person panel including: 

  • Steve Baibak, a local artist who constructs art with reclaimed materials 
  • Dana Kirk, the lead engineer responsible for MSU’s energy-producing anaerobic digester
  • Devan Dodge, Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Program Analyst at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality 

The group will talk about the moments that pushed them into activism, how to stay motivated and what you can do to make a difference. The keynote and panel will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the MSU Union Ballroom.

Points of Intervention will be at the Broad Art Museum and Art Lab for consciousness-raising workshops from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an interactive resource fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 20. Workshops include Capitalism and Zero Waste, Break Free From Plastic and Stay Rad Post-Grad. Workshops are open to anyone, though are tailored towards students. 

More than 25 exhibitors will attend the resource fair, allowing visitors to discover student groups, local organizations and businesses of interest, pick up tips on zero waste living and gain new tools for fighting injustice. 

For event details, workshop registration, and updates see the Facebook event created by MSU Recycling or visit MSU Sustainability’s website.

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