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Upcoming Webinars

Please check back for information on future webinars and registration links. Note: All webinars are free. Webinar recordings and presentations will be posted on this webpage within a few weeks after a live webinar.


Purchasing Standards for Low Carbon Concrete

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 10:00 - 11:30 am (PT)

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5277362665317652239;

Summary: Concrete is a critical building material. However, the cement binder used in concrete is responsible for 8% of CO2 emissions. This webinar will explore concrete options with lower greenhouse gas emissions, and the growing number of purchasing specifications that state and local governments are using to give preference for these alternatives. The webinar will include about a half hour for Q&A. This webinar is co-hosted with NERC and NEWMOA.

Speakers:  

  • Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality – “Low Carbon Concrete: Lessons from Oregon”
  • Kate Simonen, University of Washington – “Buy Clean Policy & Low Carbon Concrete”
  • Dorian Bailey, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey – “Clean Construction: Low Carbon Concrete”

Moderators: Terri Goldberg, Executive Director, NEWMOA; Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC


West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum - Spring Convening

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PT

Who: State, Local, and Tribal Government and Academia employees

Registration link (updated): https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsc--opj8uGz047Aay92_o8aBPeI…

The Forum is hosting an upcoming webinar to share the goals of the Forum, introduce current leadership, and get your input and participation in the Forum’s areas of focus. We look forward to hearing your voice and invite you to help shape the future of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum.

Areas of focus that we will discuss are:

  • Reducing Consumption;
  • Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging;
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice; and
  • Built Environment.

Webinar Recordings and Files


Recycle Content Mandates: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 9:30 - 11:00 am (PT)

Summary: Recycled content mandates are growing in popularity as a policy mechanism to engage producers in responsibility for recycling markets, sharing in the costs of a functioning recycling system, and reducing climate change impacts. But not all recycled content mandates are the same, and some have the potential for unintended consequences. This webinar will take a closer look at:

  • The state of California’s experience with several, very different recycled content mandates
  • Whether or how mandates might support, or conflict with, broader extended producer responsibility policies
  • Potential economic and environmental limitations of recycled content mandates, and some possible solutions

Speakers: Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste; Steve Alexander, President and CEO, Association of Plastics Recyclers; 
David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Moderators: Terri Goldberg, Executive Director, NEWMOA; Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC

Webinar recording: View the Recycled Content Mandates webinar

Supporting Files: Presentation slides (PDF)


Right to Repair Movement and Accessibility

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 9:30 - 11:00 am (PT)

Summary: As more people seek repair solutions to extend the useful life of products and equipment, they often discover that it’s not as easy as it should be. Many products are not designed for repair and access to replacement parts and trained repair technicians can be limited, making the process frustrating, time-consuming and expensive. The Right to Repair movement is dedicated to breaking down these barriers and making affordable repair more accessible, whether through repair professionals or DIY. We’ll learn more about this effort and some recent breakthroughs that could signal change ahead during this exciting webinar.

Speakers: Ashley Martinez, Free Geek; Kerry Maeve Sheehan and Kevin Purdy, iFixit; Moderated by Marie Diodati, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Webinar recording: View the Right to Repair Movement and Accessibility webinar

Supporting Files: Presentation slides (PDF)


Food Waste Reduction and the Pacific Coast Collaborative

Date: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 from 9:30 - 11:00 am (PT)

Summary: The Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) has launched the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment.  The Commitment is a voluntary effort for food retailers throughout the Pacific coast region to work together and with their suppliers to help cut the amount of food wasted in the region by 50% by the year 2030 – which is in line with the US EPA’s and the USDA’s US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions goal and Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 from the United Nations. We’ll learn more about this work and find out what opportunities there might be for local governments to engage.

Speakers: Elaine Blatt, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Mike Falconer Hall, UK Wrap; Dana Gunders, ReFED; Moderated by Janine Bogar, Washington Department of Ecology

Webinar recording: View the Food Waste Reduction and the Pacific Coast Collaborative webinar

Supporting Files: Presentation slides (PDF)


Research, Campaigns and More - the latest from Oregon's Work to Prevent the Wasting of Food

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30 am (PST)

Summary: This webinar covers Oregon’s recent research (completed summer 2020) to identify effective messaging for households on preventing the wasting of food, how early phases of that research informed a COVID-19 “mini-campaign” on food waste prevention, and what’s next, now that the research phase is complete.  The webinar also covers Oregon’s recent lifecycle assessment study of the impacts of various food rescue channels, as well as previews plans for implementing Governor Kate Brown’s recent Executive Order on Climate that include direction to DEQ to reduce food waste in Oregon by half by 2030.

Speakers: Elaine Blatt, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Peter Canepa, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Moderated by Shannon Davis, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Webinar recording: View the Research, Campaigns and More - the latest from Oregon's Work to Prevent the Wasting of Food webinar

Supporting Files: Presentation slides (PDF)


Local Government Policies to Drive Low-Carbon Concrete

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30am (PST)

Summary: Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world and is responsible for 6-10% of global anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions*. Proven alternative technologies and practices are readily available in the marketplace that can reduce these emissions by more than half.  Attend this webinar to hear about three different strategies being used by local governments to drive demand for low-carbon concrete, and learn how you can do it, too. *Source: Architecture 2030 (https://materialspalette.org/concrete/).

Speakers: Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Alice Zanmiller, Marin County; Karen Cook, Alameda County; Stacey Foreman, City of Portland; Moderated by Miya Kitahara, Stop Waste

Webinar Recording: View the Local Government Policies to Drive Low-Carbon Concrete webinar

Supporting Files: Presentation slides (PDF) (62 pp)


Archived Webinars

Content from past webinar series, including recordings and presentations can be found on the Forum Webinars webpage.

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