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|IEPG 8608 - BeyondPlastic:InnovationEcoSys|
Beyond Plastic: Growing Innovation Eco-System
A problem of this magnitude cannot be solved with a single linear policy or technological innovation. It needs a cohesive innovation eco-system supporting a shift away from conventional fossil fuel plastics towards bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources; new packaging design; new manufacturing processes; and innovative consumer and business products leveraging these new materials.
The eco-system incorporates innovators, investors, public policy and civil society and is an essential enabler of the transition towards the new plastics economy of circular materials and circular design.
Students will learn:
- how to evaluate an environmental challenge through the lens of innovation;
- how to develop a complete understanding of the interdependencies of the elements of the eco-system;
- how to create and build out the strategic relations between the eco-system components; and
- observe how such an eco-system thrives in a practcal implementation with focus on the New Plastics Economy.