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West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum

What is Materials Management?

Materials management is an approach to using and reusing resources most efficiently and sustainably throughout their lifecycles. It seeks to minimize materials used and all associated environmental impacts. Materials management is associated with an estimated 42% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

EPA Report: Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices (PDF) (98pp, 1.5MB)

sustainable materials management diagram

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to get involved, contact:

Ashley Zanolli (zanolli.ashley@epa.gov)
206-553-4425 (Seattle)

Shannon Davis (davis.shannon@epa.gov)
415-972-3440 (San Francisco)


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What We Do

The West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum is an EPA-led partnership of western cities and states that are developing and sharing ways to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate actions.

To learn more about materials management approaches for state and local climate protection, visit: http://captoolkit.wikispaces.com/

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Get involved

The Forum workgroup and annual meeting (see sidebox) are targeted toward state, local, and tribal government managers and staff who work on climate, pollution prevention, solid waste, sustainability, policy and facility issues. Our webinar series is open to anyone interested in these topics, including industry and NGO representatives.

Upcoming Webinars

Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series
    Past Webinars

    February 19, 2013 - A Decision Theory Approach to Sustainability-based Decision Making

    This webinar was broadcast as part of a 3-part webinar series to educate attendees on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An LCA approach can help inform on making more sustainable decisions by looking at the environmental impacts associated with the full life cycle of a product.

    January 15, 2013 - Life Cycle Assessment-based Product Claims

    This webinar was broadcast as part of a 3-part webinar series to educate attendees on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An LCA approach can help inform on making more sustainable decisions by looking at the environmental impacts associated with the full life cycle of a product.

    December 4, 2012 - Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Overview

    This webinar was broadcast as part of a 3-part webinar series to educate attendees on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An LCA approach can help inform on making more sustainable decisions by looking at the environmental impacts associated with the full life cycle of a product.

    November 15, 2012 - Food: Too Good to Waste

    This webinar was broadcast as part of the US EPA's Sustainable Management Web Academy to showcase the Forum's Community Food Waste Prevention Program called Food: Too Good to Waste. This toolkit can be customized and used by any interested local government or community

    May 7, 2012 Webinar - Connecting Materials & Discards Management with Climate

    This webinar was a primer for our annual meeting and included a presentation developed by the Forum to help communicate what materials management is and the connection between materials, wastes and climate.

    April 26, 2012 Webinar - Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

    This webinar provided an introduction to Consumption-Based Emissions inventories and took a closer look at four governments who have recently conducted them including Washington, Oregon, King County and San Francisco.

    January 11, 2011 Webinar - Accomplishments, Needs and Vision for 2011

    This webinar was broadcast as part of our 2011 Annual Meeting to share accomplishments and discuss the future direction for our Research, Materials Management and Product Stewardship, Communications, Consumption, and Inventory workgroups.

    January 11, 2011 Webinar - Implementing Climate Actions

    This webinar was broadcast as part of our 2011 Annual Meeting to share examples of climate actions that local and regional governments are taking and how they are being measured.

    January 10, 2011 Webinar - Innovations in Climate Action Planning

    This webinar was broadcast as part of our 2011 Annual Meeting to share tools and strategies for local and regional governments to integrate materials management into climate protection plans.

    January 6, 2011 Webinar - Climate, Materials and Measurement

    This webinar provides an introduction to the Forum, the current status climate change and climate impacts (global overview with west coast examples of projected impacts), the connection/opportunities between climate and materials management, and an update on the WARM model.

    December 1-2, 2009 Webinar - Climate, Materials Management, and the Role of Consumption

    This two-day webinar focused on identification of key findings and priorities in climate and materials management, and the role of consumption in climate change.

    July 9, 2009 Webinar - EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM)

    This webinar provides a user-driven exploration of the features, parameters, and usefulness of EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM).

    August 5, 2008 Webinar - 301: Accouting Systems, Modeling, and Economic Incentives

    This is the third in a three-part series on connections between climate change, materials management, and waste issues.

    July 16, 2008 Webinar - 201: Compost and Landfill Issues

    This is the second in a three-part series on connections between climate change, materials management, and waste issues.

    June 26, 2008 Webinar - 101: Introduction to Climate Change and Materials Management

    This is the first in a three-part series on connections between climate change, materials management, and waste issues.

    Forum Goals

    Since 2008, the Forum has focused its efforts on sharing information, expanding resources for measuring the GHG reductions, and developing climate action plans using waste and materials management lifecycle thinking. Our goals are to:

    • Provide state, local and tribal governments with tools for climate action planning;
    • Influence national and regional policy on climate protection;
    • Advance priority climate and materials management research.
    Read more about the Forum's goals in our 2010 Joint Statement of Consensus (PDF) (1pg, 13KB)


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