Sherri "Sam" Mason, the SUNY Fredonia professor whose research has focused on "microplastics," taught teachers last week about the environmental hazards of plastics.
Mason's lecture was part of a professional development day for about 60 area K-12 teachers. It was hosted by the Buffalo Zoo and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.
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The event focused on preventing plastic bag pollution in the environment. Students of the teachers will later apply what they've learned in art projects at school.
“Students will use the thousands of bags they use every month to create all sorts of art and sculpture," said Tiffany Vanderwerf, Curator of Education at the Buffalo Zoo. "Awareness of just the sheer quantity of single-use plastic that they waste is the first step in understanding the problem this plastic has to our natural environment.”
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