PSI Networking Calls 12th Series - Mercury Thermostats

12th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Mercury Thermostat Collection Programs:
How Much Mercury Are We Capturing?

Wednesday, October 26th

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

Audio Recording
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Overview:Despite a 12-year voluntary industry effort nationwide, only about five percent of mercury thermostats are being collected. The result is the emission of an estimated 4 to 7 tons of mercury into our environment each year from the improper disposal of mercury thermostats. Nine states have now passed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws based on a model developed by PSI that require thermostat manufacturers to safely collect their products when they are discarded by consumers. On this webinar, PSI will review the status of these laws and discuss the key principles that should be included in successful state programs including public transparency, incentives, and performance goals.


Kate Hagemann (Product Stewardship Institute)


Mark Lowry (RSES - The HVACR Training Authority)

Ed Benelli (CA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC))
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Kate Hagemann
Kate graduated from Yale University with a degree in history, and started as an Intern at the Product Stewardship Institute in February 2010. Kate is an avid sailor and was the captain of the Women’s Varsity Sailing Team. At Yale, Kate studied environmental history, policy, politics and law, and global climate change. Prior to working at PSI, Kate studied organic farming in rural India.

Mark Lowry (RSES - The HVACR Training Authority)
Mark Lowry joined RSES, the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, in 1993. Over the next 13 years, he helped reshape the Society’s customer service, distribution, information technology, marketing and publishing activities. As Executive Vice President since 2006, he has led RSES in its renewed mission to provide knowledge and career development opportunities to a new generation of individuals engaged in the installation, maintenance and service of HVACR equipment.
Mark represents RSES on the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Board of Trustees as well as the HVACR Industry Alliance. He also serves on the boards of such organizations as the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) and the Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA). He has written numerous articles for industry publications and speaks regularly to audiences around the world regarding the direct links from technician education to energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

Ed Benelli (California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) )
Ed Benelli has been a Hazardous Substances Engineer with the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control for ten years. He holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Comments from Local and State Governments

"Thank you—This was a very informative and efficient way to reach a number of people."
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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