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Research Findings on Effective Waste Prevention Strategies

About This Speaker Series

As part of our Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series, we invite guest speakers to share their views on sustainable consumption to get participants thinking and talking about new strategies for achieving our environmental goals.

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: Ashley Zanolli
(, 206-553-4425

This webinar was offered as part of the Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series.

This webinar includes findings from a 2012 Forum research summary on Waste Prevention (PDF) (7 pp, 506K) Exit EPA Disclaimer and also findings from the UK on preventing household waste. The webinar is intended as a platform to discuss the literature review findings in more detail and to engage an active researcher in a discussion on the state of knowledge about waste prevention strategies, recent research findings and the continuing information gap.

Questions to Address:

  • Was the Forum’s review an accurate portrayal of the state of knowledge on this subject?
  • What was not captured in the Forum review?
  • What important research advances have been made in the past 2-3 years?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:30am PT or 12:30pm ET


David Allaway, Policy Analyst - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
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).

Sara Giorgi, Associate Director – Brook Lyndhurst, London, United Kingdom
Sara is an experienced research manager and analyst at Brook Lyndhurst. Brook Lyndhurst is an independent research and strategy consultancy - working on research projects that are concerned with understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable development via behaviour change. The work falls broadly into six key areas – climate change; communities; business and sustainability; waste and resources; food; and sustainable lifestyles.

Brook Lyndhurst has a broad range of clients including UK central government departments, public agencies, private sector clients and local authorities. Sara has been involved in a number of multi-partner studies exploring different aspects of waste and resource efficiency. These have included a project investigating public participation in food waste collections, a major synthesis review on household waste prevention behaviours, exploring public understanding of product lifetimes and durability and researching public and business understanding of reuse and repair. Sara previously undertook research and campaign work for Friends of the Earth and the Italian Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies. She has a B.A. in European Social and Political Studies from the University College of London and a MSc in Environmental Policy Planning and Regulation from the London School of Economics.

Babe O’Sullivan, Sustainability Liaison, Eugene, Oregon
Babe works for the City of Eugene as the Sustainability Liaison, supporting sustainability initiatives both for the city as an organization and the broader community. Her work covers a wide range of topics including climate action planning, land use and transportation, energy efficiency, Triple Bottom Line decision-making and solid waste and recycling. She also provides staff support for the Eugene Sustainability Commission. She co-leads the Research Workgroup of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum and is the recipient of a "National Notable Achievement Award" from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for her work to reduce the climate impacts of materials and waste.

Previously, Babe worked for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as a program coordinator for the Solid Waste and Recycling program. Responsible for long range strategic planning and policy development, she led the design and launch of the Portland Composts! Program, a commercial food scrap collection program for Portland businesses. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in environmental policy from the University of California, Davis.

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