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Webinar: Evolutionary Psychology and the Creation of Desire

About the Webinar Series

One of our goals at EPA is to expand the conversation on environmentalism. Consumption and the Environment is a year-long webinar series that explores how we can reduce greenhouse gases by making more sustainable choices that support a vital economy. We are inviting guest speakers to share their views on consumption and get participants thinking and talking about how our choices can impact the environment. The series is sponsored by EPA's West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum and is free and open to everyone. 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

Offered as part of the Consumption and the Environment Webinar Series

When: March 1, 2011, 9:30am-11am (Pacific)

Webinar Summary
Derry Allen will be speaking first on international initiatives and the development of environmentally sound products. Next Barry Schwartz will talk about the impacts of choice and how we evaluate what is important. Finally, Geoffrey Miller will argue that many of the choices we make are directly influenced by our evolutionary biology. All of these perspectives are meant to encourage thought and discussion about why we consume the goods and services we do, and what makes a sustainable product.


    Derry Allen is Counselor in EPA's Office of Strategic Environmental Management. In this job he is involved in a number of issues concerning sustainability, environmental stewardship, environmental innovation, planning and information, working on both national and international projects.

    Barry Schwartz is the author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life, and other books. He is a Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he has taught for forty years.

    Geoffrey Miller is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. He has been heavily involved in research surrounding evolutionary psychology and has written three books; The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships and the Mind’s Reproductive System, and Spent: Sex, Evolution and Consumer Behavior.
Register for the series: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/928518465

Discussion Questions:
  1. How does the international context for sustainable consumption relate to work you are doing?
  2. How can we shift towards decreasing the tide of options and increasing the quality of those options? In other words, create more substantive choices in the marketplace?
  3. How does this tie in with the impact of consumption on greenhouse gas emissions?
  4. How can producing more sustainable goods and services alter the directives that Geoffrey Miller says are biological?
  5. Do you agree with the analysis and think that advertisements and industry capitalize upon our evolutionary desire to express our prowess? Why?
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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