Valuing "Stuff": Innovative Ways to Better Understand Consumption, Materials, and the US Economy | Region 10 | US EPA

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Valuing "Stuff": Innovative Ways to Better Understand Consumption, Materials, and the US Economy

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: Viccy Salazar
(, 206-553-1060

Join us for a free webinar Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, from 9:30am to 11am PDT (12:30pm - 2pm EDT)

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Communities are expanding their traditional economic indicators of prosperity like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to a broader array of indicators that help them evaluate well-being. One example, Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is comprised of 26 indicators within economic, social, and environmental categories and provides an alternative lens of a community’s prosperity. Register for this webinar to hear Minnesota share its work to quantify the effects of the reuse, repair, and rental sector as it relates to consumption. Also learn how Maryland is using GPI as a supplement to other macroeconomic measures in policy and budget decision-making.


Madalyn Cioci, Senior Program Administrator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Madalyn Cioci works in Waste and Toxic Pollution Prevention at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Her current projects include using life cycle analysis to reduce the environmental impact of state purchasing. In addition, Madalyn has been actively researching and promoting reuse, helping to launch the state’s trade association for the reuse sector.

Sean McGuire, Director of Sustainability Policies, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Sean McGuire is the director of Sustainability Policies at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where he works on systemic policy solutions and approaches, specifically on the green economy, ecological economics, and ecosystem services for statewide initiatives. He initiated and oversees the Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator, which complements state income accounting with a more comprehensive gauge of sustainable economic welfare.

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