EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a world of over 7 billion people, can individuals really make a difference in combating climate change and other environmental impacts?

Dr. Kevin Lyons of Rutgers University, who studies the local and global impacts of how products move from raw materials through consumption, will discuss his research on supply chain archaeology and the practical solutions that can be implemented on the local level at the East Brunswick Public Library at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19.

Lyons is an associate professor of Supply Chain Management and director of Public-Private Community Partnerships at the Rutgers Business School in Newark. He also is associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute and the Rutgers EcoComplex.

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He developed the Supply Chain Environmental Archaeology research program and lab at Rutgers, which studies the entire life of a product from its creation to consumption and its contribution to climate change.

His lecture, “Intelligent Recycling, Supply Chain Archaeology and Urban Agriculture,” will look at his research, which includes the integration of sustainable development and diversity criteria into local and global supply chain management systems, processes and operations.

The free public program is part of the Option Green lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends EBEC) in partnership with the East Brunswick Public Library. It is taking place during the lead-up to Earth Day on April 22 when the Friends EBEC will launch Plastic-Free EB, a campaign to encourage township residents to reduce their use of plastic bags. The theme of Earth Day 2018, an international observance, is “End Plastic Pollution.”