Five universities have each received $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop courses focused on plastics sustainability.
The Training for Improving Plastics Circularity grant program is designed to advance the development of coursework and hands-on training to promote a skilled workforce, our sister paper Sustainable Plastics writes.
The five universities — Arizona State University, Pittsburg State University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the University of Southern California — will offer modules in sustainable plastics.
At ASU, a yearlong course for both graduate and undergraduate students will cover supply chain management, integration of circular economic systems in bio-based materials, optimization of sustainable manufacturing processes and degradable plastics for packaging.
"Our goal is to train the next sustainability leaders in the workforce," said ASU chemical engineering professor Tim Long.