2017-18 Annual Webinar Series

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February 2018: Advancing Sustainable Consumption: New Tools for Local Governments

  • Date: 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. Babe O’Sullivan, a consultant with USDN, will provide an overview of this tool and how it can serve Forum members as they consider new projects, programs and policies to address the impacts of consumption.
    • 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. Anya Dobrowolski, the project lead, will share early findings from her research into community repair events and initial results from the Eugene project.  
  • Presenters: Babe O’Sullivan, consultant with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network; Anya Dobrowolski, Project Consultant with the City of Eugene
  • Registration link here

More to come on the continuation of the series in 2018:

  • April 2018: Consumption and GHGs: New Models and Insights
  • June 2018: Measuring Success in Reducing Wasted Food Presented by Oregon DEQ and Portland State University


Past 2017-18 webinar recordings and files:
Topic Date Speakers Files

Measuring Amounts and Causes of Wasted Food

November 30, 2017

Ashley Zanolli, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Darby Hoover, Natural Resources Defense Council, Dr. Christa McDermott, Portland State University

The Built Environment and Embodied Carbon Emissions

October 12, 2017

Wes Sullens, US Green Building Council; Kate Simonen, University of Washington & Carbon Leadership Forum; Larry Strain, Siegel and Strain Architects; Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


Sept 13th, 2017

David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental QualityChad FrischmannProject Drawdown



Past Webinars:


Wednesday, September 13th from 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 12th from 10:00-11:30 (PST)

Download the 'Built Environment Webinar Flyer' with more information on the webinar and the presenters!

  • 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 30th 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. 

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