November 9, 2020
Mining Historic Stream Beds for the Newest Iteration of Eco-Friendly Paint with Michelle Shively of True Pigments
In some cases, the legacy of history is buried deep – requiring research, archaeology, or exploration to find it. In other cases, the legacy of history literally clouds our streams. On today’s PreserveCast, we’re blending modern environmentalism with a discussion of the legacy of mining in rural Ohio – and how old damage is creating new vibrancy with Michelle Shively, the Director of Project Development for True Pigments – a project aimed at using pollution to give the world a fresh coat of paint. Make sure you have your painting smock on because we’re about to let the pigments fly on this week’s PreserveCast.
MORE ABOUT MICHELLE
Michelle Shively is the Director of Project Development for True Pigments. She has been working on remediating acid mine drainage for a decade. True Pigments creates colors for a cleaner world. This proprietary technology turns pollution from historic coal mining into vibrant pigments for use in paint and other products. Michelle completed her Masters of Science in Environmental Studies at Ohio University with a concentration in environmental monitoring of impacted streams. She has worked as a Watershed Coordinator for Rural Action; led the Appalachian Ohio Watershed Council, a collaborative group of agencies, universities, non-profits, soil and water conservation districts and consulting companies that aims to support networking and mentoring opportunities for watershed groups and their partners in Appalachian Ohio and to provide a forum for a strong voice on regional water resource issues. She also served as the President for the Ohio Mineland Partnership, a group whose mission is to support and promote responsible reclamation and wise use of minelands and affected streams by forming partnerships with the public, private industry, and natural resource organizations.