PSI Webinar 8th Series October - December 2009

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Product Stewardship 101
Wednesday - October 14th
2:00 - 3:30 PM EST


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.

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Presenters: Scott Cassel (PSI), Sierra Fletcher (PSI), Ann Pistell (ME Department of Environmental Protection), Scott Klag (Metro Regional Government, Oregon), Mark Kurschner (Product Care Association), Chris Eaves (Ace Hardware)

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Oregon's Paint Stewardship Law: A Model for Public Private Collaboration
Thursday - October 22nd
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Oregon’s first-in-the-nation paint stewardship law will dramatically reduce the environmental impact of unused paint and result in up to $6 million annually in cost savings for local governments. The program is the result of a national agreement

facilitated by PSI, which convened paint manufacturers, retailers, contractors, recyclers, and government officials to jointly develop a solution that is environmentally sound and economically efficient. On this call, parties to this agreement will provide an overview of how the Oregon law addresses paint source reduction, reuse, recycling, infrastructure development, retail collection, and program evaluation. They will discuss how the dialogue process developed legislation that was endorsed by all stakeholders, and share plans to roll out this approach to other states to address leftover paint as well as other products.

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Presenters: Scott Cassel (PSI), Abby Boudouris (OR Department of Environmental Quality), Alison Keane (National Paint and Coatings Association), Barry Elman (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Scott Klag (Metro Regional Government, OR), Jim Quinn (Metro Regional Government, OR)

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Deciding What Chemicals to Produce: Different Perspectives
Thursday - November 5th
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

This call will explore different perspectives on how best to ensure the safety of chemicals used in everyday products. It will provide an overview of the processes chemical manufacturers use to decide what chemicals to bring to market, as well as a summary of the principles of green chemistry that call on manufacturers to ensure the inherent safety of their products. The call will include an update on the status of efforts to reform the chemicals policy framework at the national and state levels. We will hear from the person charged with product responsibility at a leading chemical manufacturing firm and one of the founders of the green chemistry movement.


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Moderator: Jennifer Nash (PSI)
Presenters: Greg Bond (Dow Chemical), John Warner (Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry)

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Communicating with Consumers on a Score of 1 - 10:
Emerging Developments in Sustainability Rating Systems
Thursday - November 19th
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Consumers and retailers are becoming more aware of the importance and complexity of social and environmental issues related to the products they buy and sell, but most people do not have the information they need on the spot -- or in the grocery store aisle -- to make informed purchasing decisions. This call will explore the opportunities and limitations of sustainability rating systems and share experiences developing systems for different audiences. What data do you need to describe "sustainability” in a single number, and where do you get it? How do you decide what to include among the many environmental, social, and health issues associated with products? How are rating systems being used by companies and consumers, and what are the current and anticipated impacts? How can complex technical information be easily conveyed to a consumer who makes split-second decisions on product purchases, and how can it compete with advertising? How can government officials and environmental advocates assess the quality of rating systems they may recommend to their constituents?

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Moderator: Sierra Fletcher, PSI
Presenters: Dara O’Rourke (UC Berkeley &, Rand Waddoups (Wal-Mart)

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Boosting Battery Recycling in the US: Setting Goals and Measuring Progress
Wednesday December 2nd
2:00-3:30 PM EST

Batteries contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, nickel, and mercury that contaminate the environment when improperly disposed. As more US jurisdictions seek to relieve the waste disposal burdens of municipalities, the number of proposed product stewardship programs for batteries has increased. This call will explore how battery recycling can be increased, ways to measure recycling performance, and the challenges encountered along the way. It will address developments in Canada to establish performance goals and metrics for batteries and consider steps battery manufacturers are taking to strengthen recycling programs. Recommendations from PSI’s new report on battery performance metrics will also be shared.

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Presenters: Jennifer Nash (PSI), Carl Smith (RBRC), Gemma Zecchini, Stewardship Ontario, and Glenda Gies, Waste Diversion Ontario.

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Economic and Environmental Benefits of EPR:
Making the Case for Product Stewardship

Tuesday - December 15th
2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

In order to build the case for product stewardship in state legislatures around the country, local governments and other stakeholders need information about product stewardship results. Specifically, is product stewardship improving environmental quality? Is it saving local governments money? This call will provide facts and figures on product stewardship’s benefits at the local land state level. It will introduce PSI’s Financial Benefits Calculator and series of case studies and factsheets about product stewardship’s bottom line benefits, as well as work underway at the California Integrated Waste Management Board to document societal benefits from EPR.

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Presenters: Jennifer Nash (PSI), Jen Holliday (Chittenden County Solid Waste District), Cynthia Dunn (CA Integrated Waste Management Board)

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Dianne Woske
Fulton County D.S.W.

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William D'Alessandro
Victor House News Co.

"It is a good way to gather and share information without having to schedule a trip to another location."
Stephanie Lauster
Pinellas County, FL

"Excellent program and I look forward to participating in the future."
John Malter
Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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