Southeastern to present next installment of Green Talks


Thursday, April 15, 2021
by: Tonya Lowentritt 


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Library and the Sustainability Center are presenting a series of Green Talks about timely environmental issues affecting Southeast Louisiana. Now in its third year, the Green Talks series is part of a campaign to promote ecological awareness at Southeastern.
     “The talks last only 30 minutes and are followed by a question and answer session,” said Sustainability Manager Alejandro Martinez. “We hope this will accommodate Southeastern staff and students who wish to attend.”
     The next talk is scheduled Wednesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. Titled “The 2020 New Orleans Nurdle Spill – Tracking the Path of Hundreds of Millions of Plastic Pellets,” the talk will be given by Dr. Mark Benfield of LSU’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences.
     “In August 2020, a container ship called the MV Bianca was moored in New Orleans,” said Benfield. “During a storm, it lost four shipping containers. One of those containers was filled with polyethylene resin pellets called nurdles. An estimated 750 million pellets entered the river.”
     Benfield will describe the events around the spill, the fate of the nurdles, and the questions that this event raised regarding the procedures to deal with plastic spills.
     This year, due to COVID restrictions, all Green Talks are presented via Google Meet. Recordings of the presentations will be available to all who register. Registration is available at
     For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at phone (985)-549-3898 or


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