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8th Networking Conference Call Series
October - December 2009

 

Product Stewardship 101

    Wednesday October 14th, 2009
    2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
   

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Overview:    The growth of the product stewardship movement means that new people are getting involved all the time. This Networking Call will provide an introductory overview for policymakers and practitioners seeking a better understanding of the basic concepts of product stewardship and the evolution of the product stewardship movement. What is the origin of the product stewardship movement and what goals does it hope to achieve? How does it relate to extended producer responsibility? What are the expected roles of manufacturers, retailers, local, state, and federal agencies, waste management companies, and other stakeholders? How will your job change as a result of product stewardship programs and legislation? What is the status of the movement and where is it heading? How can you get involved? PSI staff, government members, and corporate partners will share their experiences and insights in a “virtual roundtable” format that will encourage questions from phone participants. We will outline examples of product stewardship programs at the local, state, national, and international levels, and explore emerging issues in the field.
     
Presenters:   

Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute
Sierra Fletcher, Product Stewardship Institute
Ann Pistell, ME Department of Environmental Protection
Scott Klag, Metro Regional Government, OR
Mark Kurschner (Product Care Association)
Chris Eaves (Ace Hardware)

     
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Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which pursues initiatives to ensure that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts.  Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is also a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 25 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and currently writes a monthly environmental column for the Boston Business Journal. He is also author of a definitive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. Scott has a masters degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sierra Fletcher, Product Stewardship Institute
Sierra Fletcher is Associate for Policy and Programs at Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), where she serves as project manager for PSI’s work on pharmaceuticals, fluorescent lights, and medical sharps. Prior to coming to PSI, Sierra worked for 10 years on environmental and consensus-building efforts with diverse stakeholder groups in Alaska, Cambodia, the Middle East, and New England. Sierra has a master’s degree in environmental policy and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.

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Ann Pistell, ME Department of Environmental Protection
A graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Biology, Ann went to work immediately in the environmental field.  Throughout her career she has worked for the U.S Forest Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Maine Department of Conservation and finally, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.  Ann was located in the Me DEP Commissioner’s office for many years, working on special projects such as oil and gas drilling plans for Georges Bank off the New England coast.  In 1988 she moved to the Waste Bureau where she presently works on mercury issues, pharmaceuticals in the environment, and chemicals in schools.

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Scott Klag, Metro Regional Government, OR
Scott Klag works as a Senior Planner for Metro, a directly elected regional government serving 1.4 million people in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Scott has worked at Metro for many years developing and implementing a wide range of recycling and solid waste policies and programs.  Over the past ten years, Scott has been very active in product stewardship, currently serving on both the Board of the Product Stewardship Institute and as co-chair of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.  In 2007, he worked on passing product stewardship legislation that created the manufacturer funded “Oregon E-cycles” program which began operation in January of this year.  This legislative session he is working on several product stewardship bills, including one for “framework” legislation to cover multiple products.

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Mark Kurschner (Product Care Association)
Mark Kurschner is the president of Product Care Association, based in Vancouver, BC.  Product Care manages product stewardship programs for household hazardous and special waste in several provinces in Canada.  Program products include paint, flammable liquids, pesticides and e-waste.  Product Care is currently working with National Paint and Coatings Association on the development of the Oregon PaintCare program.

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Chris Eaves, Ace Hardware
Chris Eaves is the team lead for Ace Hardware’s Helpful Earth Choices initiative, Ace’s green initiative. A 10-year veteran of Ace, Chris coordinates communications for various green activities throughout the company. He has been active in the committee since its start in 2006, initiating activities such as recycling events, store tours, e-newsletters, training sessions and awareness campaigns.

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