Island Press Events


A Poison Like No Other by Matt Simon | An Island Press book

Ocean Conservancy Webinar on “How to Fix the Mega Problem of Microplastics”

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 2:00pm EST

Ocean Conservancy invites members of the media and the public to join an hour-long discussion and Q&A session on the prevalence and impacts of microplastic pollution and solutions to the problem. The event will be moderated by Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology at University of Toronto; and paneled by Dr. Britta Baechler, Ocean Conservancy’s Associate Director of Ocean Plastics Research; Dr. Anja Brandon, Ocean Conservancy’s Associate Director of U.S. Plastics Policy; and Matt Simon, science journalist at Wired Magazine and author of the recently published book about microplastics, A Poison Like No Other.

Microplastics – plastic particles less than 5mm – are a fast-growing area of scientific research. Due to their small size, they are easily distributed and have reached every corner of our planet, from deep ocean trenches to the tallest mountain peaks, showing up in our food, drinking water, and organs. They absorb and leach toxic chemicals with known negative impacts on the ocean and other ecosystems. Increasingly, policymakers are evaluating if and how to regulate these pollutants. Last year, California became the first state to mandate microplastic testing for drinking water; and global leaders are considering including microplastics provisions as part of the ongoing UN negotiations for a global plastics treaty.

  • Dr. Britta Baechler, Ocean Conservancy’s Associate Director of Ocean Plastics Research
  • Dr. Anja Brandon, Ocean Conservancy’s Associate Director of U.S. Plastics Policy
  • Matt Simon, science journalist at Wired and author of A Poison Like No Other
  • Moderated by Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology at University of Toronto

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One Health Seminar with Fixation's author Sandra Goldmark

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 6:00pm EST

Join DelVal Universities One Health program as they welcome Sandra Goldmark, author of Fixation, to talk about her book and answer questions about how to get out of a throw-away economy and take charge of our stuff. 

The Good Garden by Chris McLaughlin | An Island Press book

Ask Me Anything Featuring Chris McLaughlin

Monday, February 6, 2023 - 3:00pm PST

Please join the University of California, Merced on Monday, 2/6 at 3 PM PDT for an AMA with Chris McLaughlin.

Biography: Chris McLaughlin has been gardening and studying plants for over thirty-five years. She’s the author of nine books. Her latest book is The Good Garden: How to Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food—All in Your Own Backyard. McLaughlin’s book promising to give you all the tricks and tips you need to grow the sustainable garden of your dreams.

Chris is the associate editor for From Scratch Magazine and a staff contributor to Her work has appeared in magazines such as Urban Farm Magazine, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, The Herb Companion, The Heirloom Gardener, and Fine Gardening Magazine.

Chris is the mother of four, grandmother of five, and lives on a small flower farm in Northern California’s Gold Country with her family and more animals than she will admit to. Between breaths, Chris attempts to keep up with her own website, Laughing Crow & Company.

Chris’s other books include: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables, Hobby Farms: Small-Space Rabbit Keeping, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening, Vertical Vegetable Gardening, A Garden to Dye For, Growing Heirloom Flowers, and Raising Animals for Fiber.

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Can't attend, but have a question for them? Email the question.

From the Ground Up | Island Press

2023 National Shared Mobility Summit

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 12:00pm CDT

W Merchandise Mart Plaza
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

All Together Now: Action + Accountablility for People-Foucsed Mobility. Happening in Chicago from May 2 - 4. Alison Sant, author of From the Ground Up, keynoting the conference.  

Funding & Affordability

  • How might we sustainably fund the expansion of shared mobility infrastructure the same way we subsidize private car use?
  • What are the new and creative ways to expand and sustain shared mobility?
  • How can we advance from experimenting with and piloting shared mobility to scaling and replicating projects that enable more people to access more mobility options? 

Tools & Incentives

  • How can we support our households and communities to shift to use more shared mobility options available to them?
  • What opportunities can we develop to engage and listen to our communities to understand their social, financial, historical and cultural contexts?
  • What tools and incentives are currently working to encourage households and communities towards opting for shared mobility options over the private car?


  • What should be standard components of shared mobility in transportation infrastructure?
  • How can we equitably connect information between shared mobility services and users?
  • What land-use decisions should we prioritize to help shape the viability and feasibility of infrastructure for shared mobility?

Metrics & Outcomes

  • How is shared mobility helping households reduce their dependence on private car use?
  • What is our standard way to measure the carbon savings from shared mobility and supporting land uses?
  • How is shared mobility making our communities and society fairer and less unequal?

More than a cycle lane: How investment in better walking and cycling networks improves accessibility for people with disabilities

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 3:00pm EDT

When planning for universal access design focus is often on technical guidelines, HOW to design more inclusive streets for people with disabilities. Perhaps less often discussed is understanding WHY investment in accessible public spaces is vital for their greater inclusion in daily life. Without this plans with good intentions can miss critical elements that may unintentionally hinder someone with mobility challenges.

In this webinar Melissa Bruntlett, urban mobility advocate and advisor with Mobycon, and Maya Levi, a dietician researcher who has Multiple Sclerosis and uses a combination of mobility scooter and elbow crutches for her daily mobility, discuss how communities with well-connected networks of traffic calmed streets, cycleways, and pedestrian spaces allow for greater inclusivity for people with varying abilities. Combining Maya's lived experience with Melissa's research into accessible and inclusive communities they will discuss public spaces that enable more human-scale travel and the benefits they offer, including improved physical, mental, and social health. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of ensuring people with disabilities maintain autonomous access to mobility, and how sustainable networks, especially for walking and cycling, improve their inclusion in daily civic life.