Focus

GLOBAL REACH

The Center is positioned for global reach and impact and, to this end, the Center is responsible for:

  • Initiating global research and developing collaborative partnerships.
  • Developing international outreach initiatives.
  • Developing international educational opportunities.

The Center’s foundation is built on three main areas of concentration: research, outreach, and education.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The center conducts primary, pioneering research focused on the following five main areas:

  • The role of packaging in promoting sustainability.
  • Innovation for improved sustainability.
  • Integrated end of life solutions.
  • Improving Lifecycle assessment methodology for validating sustainability of packaging systems.
  • Enhancing the safety of packaging.

See Current Research section for further details.

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

The center provides outreach materials and venues to bring new information to industry, government, and NGO’s that includes:

  • Research update seminars.
  • Bi-annual publication of significant new information and reviews.
  • A web-based resource center providing a broad range of information related to sustainable packaging.
  • A research database on sustainability.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Center integrates sustainability into all levels across our teaching mission:

  • Developing undergraduate course materials related to sustainable packaging.
  • Developing on-line courses and training materials in sustainable packaging suitable for packaging professionals and potentially leading to certification programs.
  • Establishing an international presence for the Center through research, education, and training centers.
  • Developing a global network of sustainable packaging organizations.
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