The 5th National Product Stewardship Forum

The 5th National Product Stewardship Forum
and the
2009 Northwest Hazardous Materials Conference for Household and Small Business Programs

Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel ~ Seattle, WA
June 1-4, 2009

PSI and the Northwest Chapter of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) offered a joint program focused on product stewardship, chemicals policy, and household hazardous waste management. The combined event provided key stakeholders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors with an overarching perspective on these three related fields through a customized series of plenaries, break-out sessions, tours, trainings, and workshops.

The conference provided insight into the rapidly evolving policy and regulatory landscape influencing the future role of government, manufacturers, and retailers in environmentally sound management of consumer products.

Expert speakers representing a breadth of public, private, and environmental advocacy interests provided their diverse perspectives on the ideals and realities of product stewardship programs and initiatives. In addition, breakout-sessions, trainings and workshops informed participants of successful hazardous waste management practices and policies and the bourgeoning opportunities within the field of chemicals policy.

View the Conference photos here!

Conference Highlights:

  • Keynote Speaker June 3 - John Warner, President & CTO - Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry; Formerly Director of Center for Green Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Author, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice (with Paul Anastas)

View the video of John Warner's Presentation here!

  • Tuesday Forum Plenary Topics - Product stewardship updates and emerging trends, Pharmaceuticals, Retail role in product stewardship, and Product stewardship framework legislation

Status of Product Stewardship
Product Updates
Status & Perspectives on Product Stewardship for Pharmaceuticals
The Role of Retail in Product Stewardship
Product Stewardship Framework Legislation

  • Wednesday Product Stewardship Sessions – Product stewardship – is it driving design, efficiency, and environmental protection; Electronic waste legislation; Performance goals and measurement

Product Stewardship: Is it Driving Design, Efficiency, and Environmental Protection
Electronic Waste Legislation
Performance Goals and Measurement

  • Wednesday Household and Small Business Hazardous Waste Sessions - Weird wastes, Small business assistance programs, Collection facilities

Weird Wastes
Small Business Assistance Programs
Collection Facilities

  • Wednesday Chemicals Policy Sessions – Local, state and international chemicals policy updates, Cradle to cradle lifecycle leadership, Creating a chemicals data clearinghouse

Local, State, and International Chemicals Policy Updates
Cradle to Cradle Lifecycle Leadership
Creating a Chemicals Data Clearinghouse

  • Monday Tour - Take an in-depth product stewardship tour to 3 facilities in British Columbia, the heart of the EPR movement
  • Monday and Thursday NAHMMA Trainings – Hazwoper Refresher, Things That Go Boom, DOT Regulations OR inspector trainings, Chemistry Meets Reality, Risk Awareness
  • Thursday Chemicals Policy Workshop – Local and state chemicals policy dialogue and action planning

Earn up to 15 SWANA CEU's for attendance!


For any additional questions regarding this event, please contact:

Erin Linsky Graeber
Product Stewardship Institute
(617) 236-4866

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

Gold Sponsors:
Silver Sponsors:
Bronze Sponsors:
Additional Sponsors:


Forum Participant Comments:

"One of the best, if not the best, conference I've attended in the past 11 years."

"Very good. I learned a lot about Product Stewardship at this Conference and the potential for expanding/integrating this area."

"The level of sophistication on the part of the speakers is impressive. It is clear that they know their stuff (and network very well.)"

"Especially in light of budget/travel reductions, this is one of the "must go to" conference of the year!"

"Very worthwhile, and a great networking opportunity."

"Inspirational, motivational, and absolutely relevant to the work that we do."

"One of the best keynotes I've heard, memorable."

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