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Webinar: Integrating Sustainable Consumption into Your Community


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: August 2, 2011, 9:30 am PDT (12:30 PM EDT)

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

Summary: In this session, we will explore tools and concepts important to integrating sustainable consumption into our communities. You will hear about how the international community is measuring the well being of its citizens and how more sustainable levels of consumption can support well being. We will also hear about specific tools that are being used by communities, through their climate action plans, to increase sustainable levels of consumption. Finally, we will hear the preliminary results from the non-profit, Sustainable Seattle’ community survey and hear about how it can inform our work on sustainable consumption.

Join us for the next step in our learning about sustainable consumption.


  • Shannon Davis: Shannon Davis is an environmental scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco where she helps states and local governments incorporate materials management approaches into their GHG inventories and climate action plans. She has over 20 years of experience in public policy and environmental management. She has worked for three elected officials and has directed waste management and remediation, and air quality programs in the state of Arizona.
  • John de Graaf: John de Graaf has been an advocate of sustainable consumption since he produced the popular PBS special Affluenza in 1997. He is the co-author of the book, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and of the forthcoming, What’s the Economy for Anyway? He is the director of Take Back Your Time (www.timeday.org), a member of the board of directors of Sustainable Seattle and Earth Island Institute and Media and Outreach Director for The Happiness Initiative (www.sustainableseattle.org/sahi).
  • Eldan Goldenberg: Eldan Goldenberg leads Sustainable Seattle's data gathering and analysis work. He was drawn to Sustainable Seattle by the notion that we have to measure what matters for society to pay attention to it, and reduce our focus on the relentless treadmill of more money for more stuff. He also co-ordinates a training program based around the organization's focus areas. Before joining Sustainable Seattle, Eldan worked on the training program at EOS Alliance, taught computing in Cleveland, OH and Brighton in the UK, and earned a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Evolutionary & Adaptive Systems.
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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