PSI Webinar 10th Series October - December 2010


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Product Stewardship and the Drive Towards Zero Waste
Wednesday, October 13th
3:00 -4:30 PM EST / 12:00 – 1:30 PM PST

Overview: There is growing momentum behind the zero waste movement and strategies to achieve a closed loop economy modeled after natural systems. This call will explore how product stewardship and other policy tools can achieve high diversion rates and move us toward a zero waste goal. A representative from Eco-Cycle, a leading environmental organization, will present key zero waste concepts. We will then hear from a panel of state and local government officials on how zero waste principles are being integrated into government policy. We will hear about strategies that can be implemented immediately, and how the long-term goal of zero waste can be achieved. Additional perspective will be provided by Zero Waste Washington, which recently changed its name to better reflect its vision.

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Moderator: Sierra Fletcher, (PSI)
Presenters: Eric Lombardi, (Eco-Cycle)
Richard Conlin, (Seattle City Council)
Bob Gedert, (City of Austin, Texas)
Resa Dimino, (New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
Greg Cooper, (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection)
Suellen Mele, (Zero Waste Washington)

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Equal Exchange and Entrepreneurship: Lessons for Product Stewardship
Thursday, October 28th
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Overview: Equal Exchange is the employee-owned & governed social enterprise that helped create the Fair Trade food category in the United States and has become a world leader in ethical commerce and economic democracy. On the product stewardship landscape, the demand for transparency in the lifecycle of a product reflects the direct producer-to-consumer model that Equal Exchange has championed. What lessons can be learned from the case of Equal Exchange on the policies that result in a thriving socially responsible business, and what are the barriers that remain?

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Moderator: Scott Cassel (PSI)
Presenter: Jessie Myszka, (Equal Exchange)

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Green Chemistry 101:
Safer Chemicals Mean Safer Products
Tuesday, November 9th
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Overview: Green chemistry is the building block for creating safer, non-toxic products over their entire lifecycle and is, therefore, integral to achieving product stewardship goals. This introductory call will explore the connection between product stewardship and green chemistry. It will introduce you to the Principles of Product Stewardship, which require manufacturers to take responsibility for reducing the lifecycle environmental impacts of their products and to internalize reuse, recycling, and other end-of-life management costs into the cost of doing business. The call will also explain how green chemistry can eliminate or reduce the use or production of hazardous substances in the material design phase of a product. You will also learn about a new policy statement from the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association that provides a bridge between the complementary fields of product stewardship and green chemistry. In addition, this call will explore how state and local governments are working to promote safer chemical practices.

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Moderator: Sierra Fletcher, (PSI)
Presenters: Amy Cannon, (Warner Babcock Institute and Beyond Benign)
Ginger Jordan-Hillier, (ME Department of Environmental Protection)
Jim Quinn, (Metro, OR)
Ann Blake, (Environmental & Public Health Consulting)

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How to Choose a Reputable Recycler:
Update on the R2 and e-Stewards Certification Programs
Thursday, November 18th
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Overview: Where do electronics go after they are collected? How can you trust that they end up where they supposedly go? What’s the value in using certified recyclers? Under regulated electronics recycling has contributed to the perpetuation of global toxic waste streams, imposing a threat to public health and safety. It is imperative to be able to identify recyclers that collect, handle, and transport electronic waste in a socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible manner. This call will discuss the two programs available for certifying electronics recyclers, Responsible Recycling ("R2”) and e-Stewards, and focus on the practical aspects of choosing a reputable recycler for electronic waste.


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Moderator: Scott Cassel, (PSI)
Presenters: Sarah Westervelt, (Basel Action Network)
John Lingelbach, (R2 Solutions)

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What role can it play in driving greater product stewardship?
Wednesday, December 8th
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Overview: Government procurement policies have long shown their potential to support environmentally preferable products (EPPs). This call will examine how these efforts can be carried further to encourage cradle-to-cradle product stewardship. The call will also give purchasers the assurance they need to keep moving forward with innovative procurement practices and assure them that their efforts to develop standards can lead to positive changes in the marketplace.

• We will first hear from Marcia Deegler, Massachusetts Operational Services Division, an agency which is successfully implementing environmental procurement policies. Marcia will provide a brief introduction of the MA EPP Program’s progress to date, introduce the link between environmental purchasing and product stewardship, and discuss the importance of third party certifications using the examples of such widely purchased items as toner cartridges and cleaning products.

• Mark Petruzzi, Green Seal, will then discuss the Green Seal certification process, the products they certify, as well as other types of certification systems. Mark will focus on the Green Seal cleaning products standard and the recycled paint standard developed with PSI, including comments on the recycled content requirements in packaging and how California is driving that standard.

• Shifting to a business owner’s perspective of the issue, Michael and Andrea Glass, M.D. Stetson, a MA manufacturer of environmentally preferable cleaning products, will describe how procurement specifications that reference third-party standards are positively influencing their business decisions and product design to include less toxic chemical alternatives. Such contracting methods and associated government mandates send clear signals to companies like theirs that government wants to protect public health and the environment with the elimination of harmful materials and unnecessary waste generation. MD Stetson is an example of how government mandates can level the playing field for companies of all sizes and push good manufacturing practices so that innovative companies like Stetson can seize the opportunity and have a competitive advantage by responding to those government signals.

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Moderator: Scott Cassel, (PSI)
Presenters: Marcia Deegler, (Massachusetts Operational Services Division)
Mark Petruzzi, (Green Seal), Andrea Glass, (M.D. Stetson) and Michael Glass, (M.D. Stetson)

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Please note that all calls have been recorded.
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