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Consumption and the Environment Webinar Series

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EPA's Consumption and the Environment webinar 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.

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.


Contact: Viccy Salazar

EPA's first Consumption and the Environment webinar series was presented in 2011. The series provides 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.

These webinars focus 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.

We recently released a report - Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices - which shows that over 40 percent of the GHG emissions in the U.S. can be attributed to the life-cycle impacts associated with the manufacture, distribution, sale, use and disposal of the goods and food we consume.

February 1, 2011Unsustainable Consumption & The Rise and Fall of Consumer CulturesErik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, World Watch Institute
March 1, 2011Evolutionary Psychology and the Creation of DesireBarry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and professor at Swarthmore University;
Geoffrey Miller, author of Spent: Sex, Evolution and Consumer Behavior and associate professor at University of New Mexico;
Derry Allen, EPA's Office of Strategic Environmental Management.
May 3, 2011Food: Why we waste too muchJonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland and freelance journalist;
Jean Schwab, leader of EPA's Food Recovery Initiative and Greenscapes Program;
Ashley Zanolli, EPA, co-leads the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum.
June 7, 2011Counting Consumption: Measuring the Impacts of What We Consume (Part 1)David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality;
Michael Lazarus, director of Stockholm Environmental Institute (Seattle office)
August 2, 2011Integrating Sustainable Consumption into Your CommunityShannon Davis, US EPA, Region 9
John de Graaf, KCTS
Eldan Goldenberg, Sustainable Seattle
September 13, 2011Sustainable Consumption, the Economy, and Ecological Footprint AccountingMathis Wackernagel, co-founder of Global Footprint Network;
David Batker, Executive Director of Earth Economics
October 4, 2011Counting Consumption: Measuring the Impacts of What We Consume (Part 2)David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Chris Jones, lead developer for the Cool Climate Calculator
October 25, 2011Social Marketing for the EnvironmentNancy Lee, president of Social Marketing Services, Inc. and associate professor at University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs
November 1, 2011A Potential Solution: PlentitudeJuliet Schor, author of Plentitude and professor of sociology at Boston College

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