Our waterways are currently facing pollution in the form of single-use plastic bags, bottles, take-out containers, cigarette butts, and microplastics. These items provide short-term convenience to the consumer at the cost of public and environmental health.

This project uses art to convey the connection between our consumption and pollution, raising awareness about the impacts of our actions, and empowering us to take an active role through behavioral change.


There are three objectives of this program:

  1. Plastics Pollution Prevention Video Series to raise awareness about the problem of plastics pollution in NYS waterways while empowering viewers to take responsibility.
  2. Art Contest and Gallery Event Student artists from across the state will competitively submit visual works of art through various media, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborations. These works will be judged via social media and displayed and recognized at a gallery event.
  3. Check us out on Facebook Share your personal encounters with plastic pollution and steps you are taking to break free from single use plastics!




Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

Additional support provided by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.