The project idea emerged out of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition (SGC), a collaborative of over 30 Fortune 500 companies working toward a sustainable environment and economy. One of the members, Target Corporation, is particularly interested in creating a future where all packaging can be recycled (or composted). While Target Corporation is a part of a national coalition working on this issue, it was keen to improve package recycling here in Minnesota. Another SGC member, Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, was also excited about Target’s vision as a way to make circular economy a reality. The University’s connections with Minnesota’s professional baseball stadium operations management, Target Field, provided an opportunity to collaborate on a demonstration project. Target Field was an ideal partner because it was also interested in increasing its recycling rate of
plastic packaging. After forming this partnership, Madeline Norgaard, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs took on this opportunity as a capstone project in order to explore options and create an action plan. The following paper describes this issue and a feasible recommendation for moving forward.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy degree.
Garbini, Grace; Kappler, Kelsey; Norgaard, Madeline; Garnaas-Halvorson, Peder; Phua, Pei Y.
Implementing Circular Economy at Target Field.
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