2018-19 Annual Webinar Series

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More to come on the continuation of the series in 2018 - TBD.

Upcoming/Past Webinars:

TITLE DATE Description Speakers Files Registration
Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories September 19, 2018 We are kicking off the 2018-2019 West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum Webinar Series with a webinar on Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories (CBEI). Climate action leaders are increasingly considering consumption-based emissions in addition to production or activity-based emissions that have typically formed the basis of climate action planning. Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories attribute all global emissions to the ultimate end user, so that, in addition to transportation and housing, the supply chain emissions that occur throughout the lifecycle of goods, food, and services consumed in a jurisdiction are included. When these upstream emissions are made visible, communities can consider policies to reduce these emissions, such as reuse and repair or low-carbon building materials, or educate their residents about steps they can take to reduce their personal greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. In this webinar, David Allaway of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality will present Oregon’s latest GHG inventory findings for 2015 which combines production and consumption emissions inventories. Together, consumption and production emissions inventories tell a more comprehensive story of the global GHG emissions that a community can reduce. David Burch of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will present a project they sponsored for UC Berkeley’s Cool Climate Network to complete a consumption-based emissions inventory for the 100+ cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moderator: Miya Kitahara, StopWaste Panelists: David Alloway, Oregon DEQ; David Burch, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Consumption and GHGs: New Models and Insights April 30, 2018 Proposed for April 2018: Consumption and GHGs: New Models and Insights. Please note that due to the nature of the development of this work, we may delay these webinars to a later date.
Measuring Success in Reducing Wasted Food June 25, 2018 Measuring Success in Reducing Wasted Food Presented by Oregon DEQ and Portland State University. Date is to be determined.

Please note that due to the nature of the development of this work, we may delay these webinars to a later date. Please check back for updates.

  • Proposed for April 2018: Consumption and GHGs: New Models and Insights 
  • Proposed for 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

Tools and Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Consumption 

February 8, 2018

Babe O'SullivanUrban Sustainability Directors Network; Anya Dobrowolski, Consultant with City of Eugene

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 2017-18 Webinars:


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)

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  • 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