Monitoring: Coronavirus outbreak! As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, countries like Italy are in full shut down mode and coffee shops like Starbucks are refusing to serve customers in their reusables cups. We are closely watching as developments unfold and will be taking action accordingly in regards to our upcoming TrashBlitz Denver in April and Ambassador Leadership Summit in late July. Read more here on how to avoid coronavirus while being sustainable.

Program updates:

Ambassador Program: Ambassador Leadership Summit still in planning mode. We are closely monitoring the situation for developments in containing the coronavirus. At this time, the Summit is still on but we will alert you right away should anything change. Apply to our Ambassador program today to get the latest updates! 
TrashBlitz Program: Denver date is set! Set your calendars for April 26th for TrashBlitz Denver with local partners, CoPIRG, Environment Colorado, Patagonia Denver, and United by Blue. To get involved in an exciting day of cleanup and data collection, register here!

Policy works:

ReusableNYC Celebrates NY Bag Ban
Those memorable plastic bags with "Thank you, thank you, thank you" across the front are set to become a thing of the past as New York imposes a plastic bag ban statewide. Our counterpart coalition, ReusableNYC, is celebrating this important win. 
Restaurant Surveys Are Due March 31st!
We are half way to our goal of 100 surveys, with preliminary results showing that 100% of the restaurants surveyed use disposables and 88% of them use products made from plastic. 83% of restaurants indicated they would support a law that requires them to charge a fee for disposable containers. Visit for more information and email [email protected] to gain access to the training webinar and surveys to conduct research in your neighborhood.

For donors:

Our 2019 Annual Report is available!
Thank you for all your past and continued support of 5 Gyres! If you are interested in donating to our programs or getting involved as a recurring donor, please contact [email protected] today. Read the Annual Report here.


Welcome Alison Young! We're proud to welcome our new Program Coordinator, Alison to our growing team. Prior to joining The 5 Gyres Institute, Alison worked in a development role for two LA-based social services and education nonprofits. She has worked as a museum educator for the Walters Art Museum and managed youth, family and volunteer programs for arts organization, Baltimore Clayworks.
We're still searching for our next Science Program Manager! If this is you, apply here.

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