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Education and Outreach

As part of the SPC's education and outreach, it holds several in-person and online meetings and educational events a year. The SPC believes it will require collaboration throughout the supply chain to affect the change needed to realize sustainable packaging. As a result, the SPC continually looks for opportunities to advance its mission through participation in and hosting of conferences and meetings.


SPC June Open Forum — Sustainable Materials Management

Sustainable Materials Management

Thursday, June 16
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Despite improvements in resource efficiency and waste recycling, the total amount of global material throughput is still rising. Escalating population growth will put pressure on the world’s resources as consumption rates increase. Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systems approach to ensure that material resources are managed sustainably and used efficiently through their life-cycle, promoting economic growth, environmental quality, and sustainable development. The U.S. EPA and other environmental agencies around the world are trying to shift toward SMM by taking a life-cycle view of how materials are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed. Dr. Fiksel will discuss useful methods for understanding global material flow patterns include material flow accounting, ecological footprint analysis, and life cycle assessment. He will also give examples of promising SMM strategies such as dematerialization (reduces material throughput), detoxification (reduces adverse impacts), and value recovery (increases waste reuse).

Dr. Joseph Fiksel, Executive Director of the Center for Resilience at the Ohio State University
Dr. Joseph Fiksel is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, including design for environment, life cycle assessment, and supply chain management. He is currently on loan to the U.S. EPA as a Sustainability Advisor in the Office of Research and Development, helping to apply systems thinking for sustainable solutions. Dr. Fiksel was commissioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to develop a strategic position paper on Sustainable Materials Management. His presentation will be based on the opening keynote address that he delivered at the OECD Global Environmental Forum, held in September 2010 in Belgium.  

To Attend
SPC contacts from member companies are emailed the call information three weeks before the call. If you are part of a member company and would like to attend the call but did not receive the information, please contact us and we will send it to you.