A Review of Sustainability Frameworks – Expanding Material Stewardship Potential

Minal Mistry, Oregon DEQ; Maurie Cohen, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Babe O'Sullivan, Oregon DEQ
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody global aspirations for environmentally and socially equitable economic development. They offer a unifying lens for progress towards ecological, human, and material wellbeing. Yet, implementing the ambitions embodied in the SDGs across critical domains such as poverty, hunger, health, education, governance, biodiversity, and just economic development is a complex undertaking. At the same time, businesses, communities, governments, and academia rely on several different “sustainability” frameworks to organize, prioritize, and communicate their efforts. These sustainability frameworks, however, are typically focused on much narrower bands of activities than warranted to support the SDGs. Examples of sustainability frameworks include Pollution Prevention, Zero Waste, Circular Economy, and Sustainable Materials Management.
10:00 to 11:30