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Webinar: Plentitude, Consumption, and Businesses

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Contact: Viccy Salazar
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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: Tuesday November 1, 2011, 9:30 to 11:00 am PDT (12:30 to 2PM EDT)

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

Summary: In this session, we will explore tools and concepts about plentitude, consumption, and businesses. You will hear about how sustainable consumption and economic progress are both achievable. Furthermore, you will also hear how Patagonia is promoting the sustainable consumption of their products. By doing so, this company is looking to promote how sustainable consumption makes good business sense. These discussions will provide you with an understanding of how sustainable consumption and businesses can coexist and thrive. Speakers: Juliet Schor, Boston College and Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia

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. 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:

  • Juliet Schor – Professor of Sociology, Boston College.
    Juliet Schor is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. Her research over the last ten years has focused on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic justice.
  • Rick Ridgeway – Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, Patagonia
    Rick Ridgeway is the Vice President of Environmental Initiatives for Patagonia. He is the creator of the Common Threads Initiative which aims to make the consumption of Patagonia’s products more sustainable.
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.

If you are unable to access the webinars live, full-length recorded versions will be posted on this website.

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