F**k Plastic with Walking Mountains Science Center
Is the thought of the 51 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans keeping you up at night? Don't panic! Join Walking Mountains Science Center Sustainability Programs Coordinators Kira Koppel (Actively Green) and Sophia Gianfrancisco (Zero Waste) to discover ways to cut down on use of plastics in your life and home!
Tickets include appetizers, the workshop, and a copy of the book F**k Plastic published by Rodale Sustainability. This book provides 101 little things you as an individual can do to avoid single-use plastics and help save the world. You'll find sweet and simple ideas like carrying around your own cutlery, getting ice cream in a cone instead of a cup, and buying loose doughnuts or pastries for snacks instead of packaged sweets. Plus, you'll find 101 simple ways to cut plastic from your foods, drinks, lifestyle, and home. With easy, no-nonsense steps for cutting plastic out of your everyday life, this is the perfect gift for anyone ready to start fighting the war on plastic. These easy nudges will guide you to change your habits bit by bit so that cutting out plastics becomes second nature.
Sophia Gianfrancisco moved to Vail to pursue envrionmental education after graduating from the University of Florida in 2016. She currently works at Walking Mountains Science Center as a Sustainability Programs Coordinator. With her primary focus being waste management, she works throughout the community to educate on waste reduction and contamination, and increase knowledge around diversion efforts such as recycling and composting. In addition to this, she helps manage the Zero Waste program and works with event coordinators such as Go Pro Mountain Games, Burton US Open, the Vail Farmer's Market, and more to help make their event sustainable and divert waste from our local landfill. Leading workshops and presentations, she has seen first hand the interest and commitment local community members, schools, and businesses have made to reduce their own waste and is excited to continue to close the loop in our Valley!
After moving to Colorado to reconnect with nature, Kira is now helping local businesses learn how to infuse sustainability into their work and how to become Actively Green certified. Kira is driven by all things sustainable and loves connecting others with the natural world around them. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Environmental Studies, Kira has been on a mission to help create a greener world. She has always loved being outside, has a special place in her heart for freshly grown veggies, and possesses a deep appreciation for the sun. Kira’s drive for a more sustainable lifestyle was solidified by the work she did in beautiful New Zealand in the outdoor recreation and sustainable transportation sectors. When she’s not hiking or researching the latest eco-trends, Kira can usually be found in the kitchen whipping up some vegan goodness, enjoying a mug of coffee, or listening to music of the indie variety.