A petition calls for an end to plastic straws at the University of Maryland

In fall 2017, Wessel helped co-found a chapter of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, a national organization that aims to combat oceanic pollution and increase awareness of the issue, in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution at this university. The chapter is collaborating with organizations including Dining Services and Net Impact-STEM, a university chapter of a global community that focuses on environmental change, on the push for the straw ban.