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Sustainable Consumption, the Economy, and Ecological Footprint Accounting

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About this webinar series

EPA's Consumption and the Environment webinar series is designed to provide information and resources to increase understanding of the issues associated with sustainable consumption and to support those who want to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create more sustainable patterns of consumption in their communities. This year-long webinar series focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts gain better understanding of individuals' and organizations' consumption patterns and motivations. This understanding should provide interesting insights for communities, organizations and individuals seeking to reduce their GHG emissions, wastes and other environmental impacts through a focus on sustainable consumption.

The series presents information and practices for improving source reduction, an important issue for communities. Source reduction minimizes the quantity and toxicity of materials that later need to be disposed of and is identified under RCRA as a key strategy for achieving our environmental goals. Source reduction also helps to reduce GHG emissions, which are regulated pollutants under the Clean Air Act. EPA recently released a report, Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices (PDF) (98pp, 1.5MB), showing that over 40 percent of the GHG emissions in the United States can be attributed to the life-cycle impacts associated the manufacture, distribution, sale, use and disposal of the goods and food we consume.

We invite guest speakers to share their views on sustainable consumption to get participants thinking and talking about how our choices can impact the environment. Please note the opinions, ideas, or data presented by non-EPA speakers in this series do not represent EPA policy or constitute endorsement by EPA.

Offered as part of the Consumption and the Environment webinar series coordinated by EPA Region 10 and the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum

When: September 13th, 2011, 9:30 am PDT (12:30 PM EDT)

Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/928518465 Exit EPA Disclaimer

Summary: In this session, we will explore tools and concepts connecting communities, the environment, and economic systems. You will hear about ecological footprint accounting and its relationship to consumption. We will also explore innovative applications of economics to further conservation and on-the-ground restoration. Speakers: Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network and David Batker, Earth Economics

EPA's Consumption and the Environment webinar series is designed to provide information and resources to increase understanding of the issues associated with sustainable consumption and to support those who want to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create more sustainable patterns of consumption in their communities. This year-long webinar series focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts gain better understanding of individuals' and organizations' consumption patterns and motivations. This understanding should provide interesting insights for communities, organizations and individuals seeking to reduce their GHG emissions, wastes and other environmental impacts through a focus on sustainable consumption.

Speakers:

  • Mathis Wackernagel - President, Global Footprint Network
    Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and has worked on sustainability issues for government agencies, NGOs and businesses on all continents. Mathis previously served as the director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and ran the Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad in Xalapa, Mexico. Mathis has authored or contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports and various books on sustainability that focus on the question of embracing limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth; Sharing Nature’s Interest; Der Footprint: Die Welt neu vermessen, and WWF International’s Living Planet Report. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he completed his Ph.D. in community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There, as his doctoral dissertation with Professor William Rees, he created the Ecological Footprint concept. Beginning in 2011, he will also be the Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Visiting Professor at Cornell University. Mathis’ awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics.

  • David Batker – Chief Economist and Executive Director, Earth Economics
    Founder and Executive Director of Earth Economics since 1998, Dave has completed over a dozen path breaking ecological economics studies that have changed policy at the international and local levels. David completed his graduate training in economics under Herman Daly, one of the world's foremost ecological economists and brings 20+ years of experience working on environmental and economic issues specializing in ecosystem service valuation, trade and international finance. His work has directly contributed to shifting lending at the World Bank, IDB, ADB, ECAs and private banks, and an exception to the US Army Corps of Engineers' Principles and Guidelines to include the value of wetlands for storm protection in Benefit-Cost Analysis in Louisiana. Dave is also working with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include ecosystem service values in their Benefit-Cost Analysis tools.
How to participate
  • Register once for the entire series at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/928518465.
  • You must be able to view presentations via your computer and listen to the audio portion by telephone or through your PC speakers.
  • Registered participants will be able to connect to the web link provided in the reminder e-mail that will be sent to you 2 days in advance of the call date.
  • Set your screen resolution to 1024 X 768.

For PC-based Users

  • Required: Windows® 2000, XP, 2003 Server or Vista
  • Required: Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, or Mozilla® Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista)

For Mac®-based Users

  • Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or later
  • Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 2.0 or newer; (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM or better

To Use VoIP Streaming Audio

  • Required: Fast Internet connection (384 kbps or more recommended)
  • Required: Microphone (for VoIP) and speakers (for streaming audio only) - USB headset recommended for VoIP users.

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