Join Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and Justin Stockdale of the Pennsylvania Resources Council (virtually) for a screening of Plastic Wars, with a discussion to follow! With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics in this awesome new documentary which is free to watch online.
Watch the film at 7 p.m. (or any time of your choosing beforehand), and join us online at 8 p.m. for a discussion with Justin Stockdale, PRC's Managing Director. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to R.S.V.P. and they'll send a reminder. Learn more about the Environmental Film Series and other Phipps programming, and find the Zoom link for the discussion, here -- and see who else is "going" on the Facebook event page.
Justin Stockdale is a native of Pittsburgh, born and raised in a family with deep roots in Western Pennsylvania and a proud history of civic engagement. He returned to his hometown in January of 2014 to join the Pennsylvania Resources Council as the Western Regional Director of PA’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Justin first dove into the dumpster in 1998 at the Summit Recycling Project in the mountains of Colorado. In 2000 Justin moved south to New Mexico where he led both non-profit and government owned recycling efforts; from local endeavors to state wide initiatives. After serving on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition for 8 years, Justin resigned in 2008 to become the organizations Technical Projects Director leading the implementation of $2.8 million grant from the US Department of Energy to develop recycling infrastructure across the state including 8 new recycling facilities and nearly 100 new drop off collection sites.
At PRC, Justin leads programs including a series of recycling collection events to recover challenging and toxic materials from households, policy initiatives to improve and expand waste diversion systems locally and statewide as well as a broad range of education programs targeting every age group. Justin also works at the national level as he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Recycling Coalition in the fall of 2017.Justin was appointed to become the Managing Director of PRC in 2019. In this role Justin oversees PRC operations in three locations (Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia) as well as leads the organization through a comprehensive evolutionary process to ensure PRC continues to develop and operate groundbreaking programs and services for another 80 years. Justin’s commitment to finding pragmatic and attainable solutions to waste related issues is demonstrated across his career; from the implementation of his work as a consultant to the imaginative leadership he has proven within local governments and non-profit organizations.