Dr. Paul Connett, an internationally recognized expert on sustainability and zero waste principles, is scheduled for four days of speaking engagements in northeast Wisconsin and will be appearing in Door County on Wednesday, September 25.
Dr. Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. Since 1983, he taught chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he specialized in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. He retired in May 2006.
Over the past 28 years his research on waste management has taken him to 49 states in the US, 7 provinces in Canada and 60 other countries, where he has given over 2500 pro bono public presentations.
“He is the only person I know who can make waste interesting,” says Ralph Nader.
Dr. Connett will outline steps communities can take to minimize the need for landfills and explain why waste-to-energy facilities are an unnecessary hazard to human health. He will share the progress that other communities have made with developing a zero waste timeline and how local citizens can move northeast Wisconsin on the path to zero waste.
His visit and public presentations are hosted by N.E.W. Zero Waste Coalition and sponsored by the Door Property Owners Association, the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, the UW-Fox Valley Campus Activities Board and other supporters of Zero Waste.
While spending many years working in environmental waste management, Dr. Connett later undertook a study on the use of fluoride. In the following video, Connett describes how he initially thought people who opposed fluoridation were “a bunch of whackos,” before conducting his own research which found that sodium fluoride was a toxic substance that contributed to a wide array of health defects.
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In Door County, the schedule includes the following Wednesday, September 25 presentations:
- from 11 – 11:15 am, guest on Eddy Allen’s Radio Talk Show on WDOR, 93.9 FM
- from 6:30 – 8 pm, speaking at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay