The Last (Plastic) Straw: Stevenson Biology Professor Publishes Environmental Awareness Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun

September 15, 2015 7 AM

Looking to make a small life change that will have a large positive impact on the environment? Look no further than the Op-Ed written by Stevenson faculty member Kimberly Pause Tucker, Ph.D., which was published in Monday’s Baltimore Sun.

Tucker, an Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of Stevenson’s Center for Environmental Stewardship, penned the opinion piece on how eliminating the use of plastic straws from our daily lives will increase the health of both ourselves and the environment.

“It has been estimated that more than 500 million straws are used in the U.S. every day,” Tucker wrote. “The Ocean Conservancy reports that plastic straws and stirrers are among the top five most prevalent marine debris items, and that more than 500,000 straws and stirrers have been collected from coastal environments in 2015 alone.”

Tucker wrote the piece in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, set to take place Saturday, September 19.

View the Op-Ed in its entirety on the Baltimore Sun website.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.