S.T.O.P Bags
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Small Groups with Fantastic Mentors
A Project of GSA & The Hewitt School
S.T.O.P. Bags Conference for students will coach middle and high school students on speaking with city council members and on how to testify before city council about the upcoming plastic bag legislation. Students will work on one-minute mock testimonies in small groups and educator, rapper, emcee, producer, and founder of Earth Amplified, Ash-El Eldridge will perform Plastic State of Mind.


Speak up for the future of NYC and beyond!


Saturday, March 1st, 10:30am-1:30pm at The Hewitt School, 45 E 75th St. 

Admission is FREE and lunch is included. You must pre-register.




Ron Gonen

NYC Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability. 

Ron is responsible for all of New York's recycling programs, which include organics, textiles and electronics as well as the management of household hazardous waste and legislation. 


You will collaborate in small groups with these awesome coaches -- an opportunity to meet  inspiring mentors!
Ashel Eldridge
Educator & Entertainer, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
Rapper, emcee, artist and advocate for a cleaner environment, Ashel's "Plastic State of Mind" is a YouTube video gone viral. A native of Chicago, Ashel is currently an Oakland, California-based artist, educator with ACE, organizer and spiritualist. 

Eadaoin Quinn

Education Coordinator, Sims Municipal Recycling

Eadaoin has brought Sim's mobile recycling education lab, The Recyclarium, to events and schools throughout the city. Sims Municipal Recycling is a division of Sims Metal Management, the largest Metal and Electronics recycler in the world.

Gala Narezo

Artist and Teacher, Pratt Institute

Gala specializes in creating platforms for social issues using design thinking, mindfulness and storytelling. She teaches Design Advocacy at Pratt Institute where she co-founded Public Project in the Graduate Communication Design Department. 

Jennie Romer

Founder of plasticbaglaws.org. An attorney, Jennie was instrumental in helping San Francisco pass the ordinance to ban plastic bags, and has been working with NYC Council member Brad Lander and local environmental groups to get an ordinance passed in NYC. 


Jordan Christensen

Hudson Valley Programs, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Coordinator of Hudson Valley Programs, Jordan researches, educates the public and lobbies on local, state, and federal issues. One of Jordan's current campaigns is reducing disposable bag pollution.

Leslie Mintz Tamminen

Ocean Program Director, 7th Generation Advisors

Leslie has long advocated for cleaning up marine environments from plastic pollution and is intimately familiar with the mechanics of government, having promoted legislation and regulatory policy to ban plastic grocery bags, polystyrene packaging and other single-use items for which there are sustainable alternatives

Lily Belanger
Program Director, No Impact Project

Lily coordinates the No Impact Week Experience with universities, businesses, communities and media organizations and works with volunteers to plan international days of giving back, among other No Impact events and activities.

Logan Welde

Staff attorney, Clean Air Council of Philadelphia

Logan promotes the reduced use of plastic bags, educating on the various ways municipalities can grapple with this issue. He authored legislation to impose a five-cent fee on bags in Philadelphia.

Melissa Elstein

Attorney, Teacher, Activist

Melissa Elstein, a yoga and ballet teacher and non-practicing attorney, co-founded the West 80s Neighborhood Association (www.west80s.org) and the NYC Coalition of Block and Community Leaders to address local community concerns, such as historic building preservation, loss of "mom and pop" stores, "green" issues, and neighborhood beautification.  

Nina Miller

Environmental Educator, Darien Nature Center

Nina started the group Choose to Reuse in Darien, Connecticut, which sits on the shores of Long Island Sound, in hopes of passing a plastic bag ban there. In 2012, after three years of work, the proposed ban was defeated by 6 votes. Her experience helps inform this legislative struggle in other communities.

Noemi de la Puente


Noemi de la Puente is working to engage activists and civic groups on the issue of a NJ statewide ban or fee on single use disposable shopping bags. Her Facebook group is NJThinkOutsideTheBag.

Tim Clare

Surfrider Foundation, Hewitt School
Tim is an algebra teacher in Hewitt's high school, and an active, executive committee member of Surfrider, a non-profit federation of surfers that takes action to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves, and beaches, including reducing plastic pollution.

Veronique Pittman

CIO, Green Schools Alliance
An advocate for environmental causes and arts projects, Veronique works for GSA and sits on the boards of the Rainforest Foundation and LessCancer.org. Veronique is active in protecting indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation and promoting sustainable populations.
Eric Goldstein
NYC Environment Director & Senior Attorney, NRDC 
Eric has worked for more than 30 years on urban environmental issues, including air pollution, solid waste, drinking water and environmental justice. 
Lisa Bloodgood
NYC Council Environmental Advisor 

Lisa works as the North Brooklyn community liaison and environmental advisor to New York City Council Member Stephen Levin. Lisa is also co-founder and active organizer of the community environmental advocacy group Bushwick Eco Action Network (BEAN). She works on environmental policy and justice, community education and organizing. 

Saleen Shah
Director of Communications, Citizens Committee of New York 

Saleen develops and leads the implementation of a strategic communications plan for CCNY, is working to raise the profile of community projects in local media and is building partnerships with community organizations and public bodies aimed at finding new ways of delivering civic improvement projects.

Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic-Free Campus Campaign

"Plastic Free Campuses," a program of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC), is a global community of university and school campuses working towards reducing their plastic footprint. Check out all the campaigns and programs happening around plastic pollution worldwide at PPC's website HERE - including S.T.O.P. Bags! 

Will donate 5 free reusable bags to the first 10 schools that register a team of at least 5 students. 
Will give $20 off one trip to or from the S.T.O.P Bags conference to any new UBER user. Coupon code upon registration.


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