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14th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performing Product Stewardship Programs

Tuesday, November 27th

1:00 - 2:30 PM ET / 10:00 - 11:30 AM PT

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Overview: 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.

Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Speaker: Alison Keane, American Coatings Association
Reid Lifset, Yale University
Russ Martin, Global Product Stewardship Council
Neg Norton, Local Search Association
Fenton Rood, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
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Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). 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 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. He is also a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 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 is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master's 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.

Alison Keane, VP of Government Affairs, American Coatings Association

Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with over 15 years experience in both the private and governmental sectors. She is currently the Vice President for Government Affairs with the American Coatings Association and responsible for the Architectural Coatings and Government Affairs Committees. She also served as the Executive Director and now General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the newly formed PaintCare stewardship organization. Other employment experience includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters office, the Maryland State Senate and private practice. Alison has her BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her JD from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is admitted to the practice of law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Reid Lifset, Associate Director, Industrial Environmental Management Program, Yale University

Reid J. Lifset is the Associate Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program and Resident Fellow in industrial ecology at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is the editor-in-chief and founder of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international, peer-reviewed bimonthly on industry and the environment, headquartered at and owned by Yale University and published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is a member of the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), and the editorial advisory board for the Springer book series on eco-efficiency in Industry & Science. His research focuses on the application of industrial ecology to novel problems and research areas, and the evolution of extended producer responsibility (EPR). He did his graduate work in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in management at Yale University.

Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council

Russ Martin is Director of consultancy MS2 and President of the Global Product Stewardship Council. Global PSC members span six countries and include businesses of all sizes, NGOs and governments at federal, state/provincial and local levels. Russ has over 20 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. Russ has been actively involved with product stewardship in Australia, including advising on the development of framework legislation, providing Senate testimony, strengthening e-waste recycling standards, and facilitating product stewardship strategies.

Neg Norton, President, Local Search Association

Neg Norton is president of the Local Search Association, leading the best local search marketers who deliver cutting-edge solutions spanning digital, print, mobile and social media that help local businesses succeed. He brings more than 20 years of experience in helping connect local businesses with ready-to-buy customers. Norton joined the Local Search Association, formerly the Yellow Pages Association, in August 2003. He has led the industry during a major transformation from print directory publishing to provider of local search services for small businesses and their customers. Prior to the Local Search Association, Norton served as vice president of business development at Atlanta-based Loyaltyworks, as vice president of strategic accounts at San Francisco-based Telephia, and as vice president of national marketing for the Yellow Pages Publishers Association (YPPA), the predecessor of the current Local Search Association.

Fenton Rood, Director of Waste Systems Planning, OK Department of Environmental Quality

Fenton Rood is the Director of Waste Systems Planning for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. He has served as a senior manager in the regulatory programs for solid waste management and hazardous waste management. He helped develop the Superfund program in Oklahoma. For over twenty years he has also been involved in the organic foods business. He and his wife operated natural foods stores and restaurants. Additionally, he has a long history of activism through the Sierra Club. He earned a B.A. in Geography, and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health, both from the University of Oklahoma. He also teaches at the University of Oklahoma in the departments of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, and at the University of Phoenix.

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