Carol Maione

Field Researcher, Social Innovation Teams, Italian/USA
Carol Maione
Field Researcher, Social Innovation Teams, Italian/USA

Carol is a master’s student in the environment and sustainability graduate program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a concentration in environmental justice. Her previous education includes a masters in urban planning and policy design at Politecnico di Milano and a bachelor’s in architecture and building construction at Politecnico di Milano.

In her research, she deals with social, economic, and environmental inequalities deriving from environmental injustices and different distribution of waste management services in local communities, as well as disruption of local, natural ecosystems. She investigates how injustice in developing countries relate to an increase in the production of plastic materials locally and how they contribute to the urgent challenge of ocean plastic pollution globally.

Over the past two years, she volunteered for an Italian-based NGO working in East Africa as a project leader for social innovation teams. In this role, she launched the pilot “New Life to Plastic”, that targets environmental education for local communities in Kenya and Tanzania, and stakeholders in the waste sector to reduce the amount of plastic produced every day. The project’s focus in on sustainable alternatives to plastic products, and especially food packaging, and rethinking of the life cycle of plastic materials.

Her work in the field of sustainability also includes advocacy and awareness campaigns on sustainable production and consumption, urban metabolism, and climate change. She collaborated with the department of architecture and urban studies, Politecnico di Milano and Metabolism of Cities, a Belgium-based NPO to deliver workshops, environmental education programs, and policy toolkits targeting minority groups of the population. Ultimately, this collaboration is aimed at assisting universities in the creation of knowledge center hubs and ICT platforms to engage students, academics, citizens, and government officials on current climate change and sustainable development policy agendas.





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