I was invited to attend the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) annual convention and exposition held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to accept a grand prize award for my claymation video “Driving Towards a Better Future”. JASON Learning partners with ISRI and is a non-profit organization that encourages students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. They strive to connect students with industry professionals and give students a chance to learn about environmental issues and work towards solutions to solve them.
This year’s competition introduced the many different commodities that come from recycling cars. Automobiles are the number one recycled product in the United States. At the Vancouver convention, I got the chance to meet many people in the recycling industry and learned about the amazing technological advances in the scrap recycling business. I did not realize the many different career opportunities available in this growing industry. The convention showcased everything from giant industrial recycling machinery to new products made from recycled materials. This year’s distinguished guest speaker was Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. Past keynote guest speakers at the ISRI convention have included former President George Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.