Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

Product Stewardship in Action: the business case for lifecycle thinking

  • Date: April 27, 11:30am-12:30pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: This webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) features Dr. Helen Lewis, whose new book, Product Stewardship in Action: The Business Case for Lifecycle Thinking, examines the range of benefits that businesses can achieve through product stewardship programs, particularly if they are developed strategically and in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. Dr. Lewis will provide the business case for product stewardship worldwide, and other speakers include experts from Product Care Association, Call2Recycle and the Global Product Stewardship Council. Webinar registration includes a copy of Dr.Lewis's new book.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/event/
Materials footprint of the consumer electronics ecosystem
  • Date: April 27, 11am-12:30pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: This webinar features speakers from the collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which completed an analysis of the material footprint of consumer technology being used in U.S. households from 1990 to 2015. Phase One of this study focused on 21 of the most common consumer technologies including TVs, phones, computers, monitors and other devices. One key finding: while the number and type of products sold have increased, net material consumption has declined to levels not seen since the early 1990s. Part of the EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) webinar series.
  • Registration: gotowebinar.com
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
  • Date: April 29, 10am-2pm
  • Location: local police stations nationwide
  • Description: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
  • More info: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html
Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) annual conference
  • Date: May 7-10, 2017
  • Location: Red Lion Hotel, Pasco, WA
  • Registration: wsra.net
Drug Take-Back: a tool for rural areas to fight drug abuse and reduce water impacts
  • Date: May 15, 12:30-2pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Over $1 billion worth of leftover drugs are thrown in the trash, flushed, or relegated to medicine cabinets annually. Drug take-back programs — collection receptacles and mail-back envelopes — provide residents with a convenient way to safely dispose of leftover medications. It's time that all communities had access to drug take-back programs, including in rural areas where access tends to be limited. In this webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), speakers will discuss why and how they have implemented effective disposal programs at their local pharmacy, hospital, or law enforcement agency.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/event/
Sustainable Oregon 2017
Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) Annual Zero Waste Conference
  • Date: June 21-23, 2017
  • Location: Westin Resort, Whistler, BC
  • Registration: rcbcconference.ca
U.S. product stewardship forum
  • Date: July 25-26, 2017
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Description: The 2017 annual forum from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will highlight current product stewardship trends in the U.S., focusing on packaging, pharmaceuticals, paint, electronics, HHW, mattresses, and other priority products. In Product Stewardship Institute style, each session will be highly participatory, designed for multi-stakeholder discussion of cutting-edge topics. Worldwide leaders will assess the successes and challenges of extended producer responsibility programs and provide the context needed to help us advance the product stewardship movement in the U.S.
  • Registration: www.bit.ly/2017-Forum
California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) annual conference
  • Date: Aug. 20-23, 2017
  • Location: Paradise Point, San Diego, CA
  • Register: crra.com/conference