Contact: Viccy Salazar
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
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.
When: Tuesday October 4, 2011, 9:30 to 11:00 am PDT (12:30 to 2PM EDT)
In this session, we will explore tools and concepts on how to count and measure the impact of consumption. You will hear the results of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Consumption based GHG inventory. Oregon will share how it is planning on using the data and their direction for the future. Furthermore, you will learn about the CoolClimate Calculator. The calculator is an online tool for households and businesses to estimate their complete carbon footprint. The CoolClimate Calculator is also being used by communities to evaluate their consumption footprint. Speakers: David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Chris Jones, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
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.
David Allaway – Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Chris Jones – Research Associate, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
- David Allaway is a senior policy analyst in the Solid Waste Program of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. He coordinates DEQ’s Waste Prevention Strategy and has contributed to several projects involving life-cycle analyses, including e-commerce packaging, water delivery systems, residential construction, end-of-life management of paint, community-scale recycling, and an economy-wide “carbon footprint” for all consumption in Oregon. David co-leads the Inventory Workgroup of the West Coast Forum on Climate and Materials Management and is a member of the Steering Committee of Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network. He has a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College (Minnesota).
- Chris is Research Associate at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), and a doctoral student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He also currently serves as Program Manager of the 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference. His primary research interests intersect the fields of industrial ecology, environmental psychology, ecological economics and climate change policy. He is lead developer of the CoolClimate Calculator; an online tool that allows households and businesses to estimate their complete carbon footprints, compare their results to similar users, and develop personalized climate action plans to reduce their contribution to climate change. Versions of this tool have been adopted by the state of California via the CoolCalifornia.org partnership, non-governmental organizations and communities throughout the United States. He also acts as coordinating researcher on several projects at RAEL, including a contract to monitor the complete supply chain carbon footprint of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a greenhouse gas calculator for residential building construction and several carbon footprint calculators and decision-support tools for small businesses, schools and local governments. Mr. Jones holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources and an M.A. in Latin American Studies, both from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz.
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
- 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
- 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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