2017-18 Forum Webinar Series - Recordings and Files

2017-18 webinar recordings and files:

Topic Date Speakers Files

Tools and Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Consumption 

February 8, 2018

Babe O'SullivanUrban Sustainability Directors NetworkAnya DobrowolskiConsultant with City of Eugene

Measuring Amounts and Causes of Wasted Food

November 30, 2017

Ashley ZanolliOregon Department of Environmental QualityDarby HooverNatural Resources Defense CouncilDr. Christa McDermottPortland State University

The Built Environment and Embodied Carbon Emissions

October 12, 2017

Wes SullensUS Green Building CouncilKate Simonen, University of Washington & Carbon Leadership ForumLarry StrainSiegel and Strain ArchitectsJordan PalmeriOregon Department of Environmental Quality


Sept 13th, 2017

David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental QualityChad FrischmannProject Drawdown


2017-18 Webinar Summaries:


Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00-11:30 am (PST)

  • The West Coast Forum on Climate and Materials Management’s 2017 – 2018 Webinar Series kicks off with Chad Frischmann, Vice President and Research Director at Project Drawdown. Published earlier this year, Drawdown is a New York Times bestseller that maps, measures, models and describes 100 substantive solutions to global warming. Chad will describe the technical modeling that was used to evaluate solutions, with a focus on materials-related actions including food waste prevention and recovery, low-carbon concrete, and community recycling. 


Built Environment Webinar

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 10:00-11:30 (PST)

  • The Built Environment often connects the focus of climate programs to promoting building efficiency operations with regards to energy and water efficiency and renewable energy. While this is important, significant greenhouse gas emissions occur before the building is even inhabited, during design, construction and the sourcing of building materials. These ‘embodied’ carbon emissions can be addressed by understanding their sources and designing our built environment to optimize material use. This webinar brings together three industry and government leaders in analyzing and finding solutions through the Embodied Carbon Network and their academic and professional practices. 


Measuring Amounts and Causes of Wasted Food

Thursday, November 30, 2017,10:00-11:30 (PST)

  • This webinar will feature emerging research and insights from pioneering efforts led by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collaboration with Portland State University.  This research is intended to help governments, NGOs, businesses and funders better understand opportunities to reduce avoidable wasted food through improved measurement and more effective prevention, rescue, and recovery strategies. 

Tools and Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Consumption

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10-11:30am (PST)

  • This webinar focuses on new and emerging tools and initiatives for local governments in their efforts to advance sustainable consumption.
    • The Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a peer organization supporting innovation in municipal sustainability, is leading the way in exploring the role of cities in shifting consumption. In 2016, USDN launched its Sustainable Consumption Toolkit, a web-based resource for cities that highlights the important relationship between consumption and sustainability and provides an inventory of related local government actions. 
    • Community repair events such as Repair Cafes, Fix-it Clinics and others are becoming a popular tool for cities to engage residents in rebuilding a culture of repair and resourcefulness. With grants from USDN and the State of Oregon, the City of Eugene is exploring best practice and the potential of these events to change consumer attitudes and behaviors around repair and product life extension. 

Additional past webinars can be found here: https://westcoastclimateforum.com/resources/webinars