14th Webinar Series
  1. LifeCycle Analysis - How Seemingly Simple Assumptions Can Influence, Even Pre-Determine, the Outcomes of an Analysis
  2. Does EPR Influence Product Design?
  3. The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performance Product Stewardship Programs
  4. How Best to Bag - 4 Options for Managing Plastic Bags and Film Plastics

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Life Cycle Analysis - How Seemingly Simple Assumptions Can Influence, Even Pre-Determine, the Outcomes of an Analysis
Thursday, November 1
2:30-4:00 PM ET/ 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT

Lifecycle analysis (LCA) is an emerging, powerful tool for making educated decisions based on a full spectrum of environmental impact information. However, the results of an LCA can be largely influenced by the parameters set at the beginning of the analysis. Our speakers will discuss how and why this happens, and how non-experts looking at an LCA can better assess the ways in which the defined boundaries of an LCA analysis have affected, or even pre-determined, the study results. This webinar will explore recent lifecycle assessments conducted on end-of-life management options for pharmaceuticals, paint, and other products, providing timely examples of how initial LCA parameters have influenced policy recommendations, and what long term ramifications this may have.

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Jon Dettling, US Managing Director, Quantis
  • John Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy
  • David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst, OR Department of Environmental Quality

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Does EPR Influence Product Design?
Tuesday, November 13
1:00-2:30 PM ET/ 10:00-11:30 AM PT


Product stewardship advocates maintain that EPR creates a financial incentive for manufacturers to design products and packaging that use less material, and are easier to reuse and recycle. Some advocates believe that only an Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) approach, where an individual company is responsible for arranging to collect, sort, and recycle its own products or packaging to meet its EPR obligations, is truly able to influence design. By contrast, many companies believe that any design incentive that EPR creates is outweighed by the drive to lower production and transportation costs. Who is right, and where is the proof? Presenters with varying perspectives on EPR and IPR programs for electronics and packaging will make their case on this webinar, kicking off a facilitated discussion among participants and the audience.

Moderator

  • Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Panelists:

  • Chris van Rossem, PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University, Sweden (currently the Director of Technical Advisory Services at Stewardship Ontario)
  • David Stitzhal, President, Full Circle Environmental, Inc.
  • Walter Alcorn, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Catherine Abel, Director of Stakeholder Relations and Sustainability Programming, Stewardship Ontario
  • Alan Blake, Executive Director, PAC NEXT

Registration is closed.

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The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performing Product Stewardship Programs
Tuesday, November 27
1:00-2:30 PM ET/10:00 AM-11:30 AM PT


How are the roles of government and industry best divided in order to achieve the highest levels of performance in product stewardship programs? This question, first considered during PSI’s 13th webinar series, will be explored on a deeper level in this interactive webinar sequel. Government, business, and academic perspectives will be presented on the proper role of government in product stewardship programs, and whether key program principles, such as transparency and accountability, are best attained through voluntary, mandatory, or hybrid programs that encompass elements from both approaches. On this webinar, presenters will analyze a range of voluntary and regulated programs in relation to their performance and effectiveness in increasing collection and recycling rates, educating consumers, containing costs, and minimizing free riders. Speakers will also elaborate on the performance measures they see as most effective. Ample opportunity for audience participation will also be provided. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Global Product Stewardship Council.

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Alison Keane, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Coatings Association
  • Reid Lifset, Associate Director, Industrial Environmental Mgmt. Program, Yale University
  • Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council
  • Fenton Rood, Director of Waste Systems Planning, OK Department of Environmental Quality
  • Neg Norton, President, Local Search Association

This webinar is co-sponsored by:

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How Best to Bag the Bag - 4 Options for Managing Plastic Bags and Film Plastics
Tuesday, December 11
1:00-2:30 PM ET/10:00-11:30 AM PT


Although plastic grocery bags make up just 15% of overall film plastic discards in the U.S., and a small percentage of the overall waste stream, they have become a symbolic lightning rod for environmentalists and the target of a wide array of legislation and management strategies nationwide. This webinar will examine four different options for either eliminating or recycling plastic bags – bans, taxes, EPR, and voluntary programs – from representatives of governments and organizations that support them. These speakers will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to each of their models, the factors that determine whether outcomes can be considered successful, and what additional steps need to be taken to recycle the broader spectrum of film plastics.

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute
Speakers:

  • Walt Willis, Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL
  • Dick Lilly, Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship Business Area Manager, City of Seattle, WA
  • Jeff Seltzer, Associate Director, Washington DC DDOE Stormwater Management Division

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Webinar Fees and Registration Information
  • Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay $90 per webinar (a 25% discount on the regular rate)
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay $120 per webinar

    Not sure if you are a PSI Member or Partner? Please visit the Membership and Partnership Information page to see if you qualify for a discounted rate.

    Interested attendees must register for each networking webinar separately. Non PSI Members or Partners will be contacted after registration for payment.

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Questions? Contact Julia Jonas-Day, PSI's Program Associate at 617-236-4771 or julia@productstewardship.us

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