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As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s fellow leading their work in sustainable plastics innovation, I had the honor of judging the Plastic Industry Association’s ReFocus Sustainability Innovation Awards. This year, the association received a landmark 52 entrants across three categories: Design, Materials, and End-of-Life. Here are a few of the innovations that were featured.
Plastics
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The U.S. Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce a new sustainable plastics initiative to help us harness the full potential of plastics while ensuring we plan for their end-of-life management. This initiative will explore innovations across the plastics value chain, all the way from material science to end-of-life reuse and repurposing.

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For the past ten years, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission’s Emergency Preparedness Public-Private Partnership (EPP) has supported emergency management in Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi. The EPP shares lessons learned and best practices highlighted by experts who present to the partnership to strengthen the region’s emergency preparedness and response.
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At the International Women’s Day Forum, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Carolyn Cawley and Synchrony's Margaret Keane discussed how businesses must create an inclusive recovery. Ensuring equal opportunity to succeed is essential as we rebuild our economy – and keeping women in the workforce is a key driver. The choices companies make today will impact our nation’s progress toward closing the economic inequality gap for decades to come. 
Dairy Nourishes Africa

Africa will lead the world in population growth by the end of the century, nearly doubling over the next 30 years. The rapid expansion complicates valiant efforts to eradicate poverty, combat hunger and malnutrition, and to cope with a changing climate and dramatic weather patterns. Dairy Nourishes Africa (DNA) is building a 15-20-year public-private partnership to address some of these challenges through the power of dairy and drive the accelerated transformation of African dairy industries.

Mekala Krishnan

In celebration of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re spotlighting inspiring women who are working to break barriers to pave a more equal, inclusive, and resilient future for women and girls around the world. Dr. Mekala Krishnan is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). In this role, she leads MGI’s research on gender economics, inclusive growth, and economic development.

IWD Q&A Shelly Bell

In celebration of Black History Month and the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re spotlighting inspiring women who are working to break barriers to pave a more equal, inclusive, and resilient future for women and girls around the world. Shelly Bell is the founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to creating access to capital for Black and Brown women entrepreneurs.

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