Kickstart: A ‘genius’ for tracking plastic waste

Read the full story at Plastics News.

Jenna Jambeck, the University of Georgia professor of environmental engineering who helped create systems to track plastic pollution, has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow for 2022.

She is one of 25 people to receive the honor, often referred to as a “MacArthur Genius Grant.” Each fellow also receives an $800,000 “no-strings-attached” cash award.

Jambeck has been involved in tracking marine plastics for decades. Her team developed the Circularity Assessment Protocol as a “rigorous, cost-effective toolkit” to reveal how plastic “flows into a community, how it is consumed, and how it flows out, either through waste management or via leakages into the environment,” the foundation wrote.

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