Webinar: Counting Consumption - Measuring the Impacts of What We Consume (Part 1) | Region 10 | US EPA

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Webinar: Counting Consumption - Measuring the Impacts of What We Consume (Part 1)


Contact: Viccy Salazar

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: June 7, 2011, 9:30am-10:30am (Pacific)

Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/928518465

Summary: In Part 1 of 2 of Counting Consumption, we will discuss how and why we measure the environmental impacts of our consumption. We will also explore how that measurement can inform us on our path to more sustainable patterns of consumption in our communities.

David Allaway will first discuss different ways we commonly look at the “greenness” of products and how single attributes such as recyclability, recycled content, compostability, and “local” don’t necessarily correlate well with actual reductions in environmental impacts. This often leads to well intentioned decisions having unintended environmental impacts. An alternative approach – using life cycle analyses to understand actual impacts and inform decisions – offers potential but has significant challenges.

Next Michael Lazarus will discuss how a sampling of communities is using life cycle analyses to better understand the greenhouse gas footprint of consumption at the scale of a city, county and state. He will also share preliminary results on the Consumption based GHG inventories from several communities.


    David Allaway is a senior policy analyst in the Solid Waste Program of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. In 2004, he chaired the Technical Subcommittee on Materials and Waste for Governor Kulongoski’s Advisory Group on Global Warming. He has a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College (Minnesota).

    Michael Lazarus is a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environmental Institute and directs the Seattle office. He has over 20 years of professional experience in energy and environmental analysis and capacity building. He has worked in North America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe with support from government agencies, development banks, foundations, utilities, and non-profits. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Methodology Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism. During the 05-06 academic year he was a visiting researcher at the Energy Policy and Economics Institute at the University of Grenoble, France. He has an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

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