PSI Networking Calls 12th Series - Economic Growth (PP Page)

12th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Exploring the Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, and Cost Savings that can be Achieved through Producer Responsibility

Tuesday, January 31st

2:00 - 3:30 PM ET / 11:00 - 12:00 AM PT

Audio RecordingExploring the Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, ... Webinar Recording
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PSI Presentation

Background Materials

More Jobs, Less Pollution, Executive Summary and Final Report, Tellus Institute, February 2011

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Recycling and Composting, EPA Report, May 2011

Sustainable Materials Management: The Road Ahead, EPA Report, June 2009

Oregon DEQ Product Stewardship Website

PaintCare website

ProductCare website

MetroPaint website

PSI's Paint page

University of Washington LCA Database project

Greg Norris, PhD, Sylvatica - LCA Consultant



Overview: At a time when unemployment is high and the economy is sagging, you might think that we would look for ways to reduce waste. Unfortunately, Americans continue to dispose of most of their products and packaging, wasting valuable resources, losing job and economic development opportunities, pushing exorbitant costs onto cash-strapped government agencies, and causing environmental risks. Producer responsibility programs have the potential to reverse this wasteful and costly trend. On this webinar, speakers and participants will discuss the potential for more domestic jobs, reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and toxic substances, and other important benefits our country could achieve with increased recycling. We will also discuss the cost savings for local government that can be achieved when recycling is financed and managed by the companies that produce consumer products and their packaging. Speakers will describe two key studies from the past year that describe economic and environmental benefits associated with recycling, as well as the actual cost savings achieved by one local government through the first year of a paint product stewardship program.


Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: James Goldstein, Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute
Shannon Davis, US EPA Region 9
Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Metro Regional Government (OR)
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Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which pursues initiatives to ensure that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts. 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, including 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.

James Goldstein, Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute
James Goldstein is a Senior Fellow at Tellus Institute where he directs the Sustainable Communities Program. Tellus is a non-profit interdisciplinary research, policy, and education organization that promotes a transition to a sustainable, just, and livable global civilization. Mr. Goldstein has over thirty years of experience in the assessment of environmental impacts and policies, with a particular emphasis on solid waste prevention and management, green building, and water resources planning and protection. The current focus of his work is the incorporation of a global perspective in designing local and regional sustainability efforts.
Mr. Goldstein was the primary author of the 2010 report More Jobs, Less Pollution, which is the focus of his PSI webinar presentation. Sponsored by a coalition of environmental and labor organizations, the report considers the jobs and environmental impacts of alternative waste management systems for the U.S. Previous projects include: development of long-range sustainability scenarios (including a low-GHG scenario) for the Boston metropolitan region, sponsored by U.S. EPA; guidance and technical assistance to MA DEP for the MA Solid Waste Master Plan Review, including comparisons of life-cycle GHG emissions of various waste management technologies; technical assistance to U.S. EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) Program in estimating the GHG reductions and other environmental benefits of source reduction and recycling.

Shannon Davis, US EPA Region 9
Shannon Davis has 25 years of public service in public policy and environmental management. She has worked for three elected officials and has directed waste management and air quality programs at the state and local levels. She is currently an environmental scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco where she works with cities and states to integrate materials management approaches into climate protection sustainability plans. She was a co-author of the EPA report, Sustainable Materials Management, and she is the Co-Chair of the West Coast Forum on Climate Change and Materials Management. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Metro Regional Government (OR)
Jim has worked in the hazardous waste management field since 1984. He began in the private sector, serving as chemist and regulatory compliance officer for a small hazardous waste recycling company in Northern California. Since 1991 he has been with Metro, in Portland Oregon, a metropolitan area-wide agency that oversees solid waste disposal in the region. He manages Metro’s Hazardous Waste Program, which includes two permanent hazardous waste facilities, a series of HHW collection events around the region, a small business hazardous waste collection program, and a state of the art latex paint recycling facility. Jim is also a board member and policy committee chair of NAHMMA, the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. Jim received his BA in Chemistry from Reed College in1984 and his MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco in 1990.

Comments from Local and State Governments

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Fulton County D.S.W.

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Victor House News Co.

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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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