Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History hosts innovative leaders of Think Beyond Plastic as part of its Hardcore Natural History series

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  • (1888PressRelease) July 12, 2019 - Pacific Grove, CA - Thinking beyond plastic represents one of the most daunting challenges we face in our efforts to protect the health of a planet in peril.

    On Thursday, July 18, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will host two leaders of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution.

    Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter, co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, will discuss their work with local agricultural supply chains as part of the museum’s Hardcore Natural History Series.

    Called “The Plastic Link in the Agriculture Supply Chain,” the talk takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Available through the museum website at, tickets are $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and $15 at the door.

    To ensure a rich pipeline of innovation, Think Beyond Plastic is building an “innovation ecosystem” that connects industry, investors and innovators. To support this ecosystem, Think Beyond Plastic operates an innovation center with a network of regional user facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping across the planet, as well as the International Space Station.

    Russo and Baxter believe that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good.

    Russo is an associate professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies graduate program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the board of numerous NGOs and businesses. Russo has started and run numerous high-tech businesses, and her experience includes executive management from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).

    Baxter is a former program director with the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation, the world's largest early-stage investment vehicle for startup companies. The program's mission is to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. He is a longtime mentor and member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a fellow with the Innovation Accelerator, a public private partnership with the National Science Foundation to facilitate the commercialization efforts of small businesses.

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