Coke helps MSU create packaging sustainability center
Michigan State University's School of Packaging will soon be home to a new Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability, thanks in part to a $400,000 gift from Coca-Cola Co. East Lansing, Mich.-based MSU announced the news today, noting that the center " will serve as a think tank for packaging innovation and sustainability and a research and education hub to measure and reduce packaging's environmental impact." "The center will offer an entry point for industry to have easy access to MSU expertise. It will serve as a bridge between corporate and packaging industry professionals and university scientists in engineering, packaging, business, the environment and other areas," said Satish Udpa, dean of the MSU College of Engineering, in a news release. "The center will be a clearinghouse that disseminates information and encourages action that speeds the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices." The center will include technology for bench research and testing of packaging materials, and it will offer academic, outreach and continuing education programs. The school expects it to eventually expand its reach internationally through facilities in Dubai and Shanghai. Established in 1952, the MSU School of Packaging touts itself as the first and largest packaging program in the United States.
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