Materials Use in Sustainability
Stemming from our discussion on Solid Waste, this month we take a deep dive on materials use and the reduction of toxic materials. Long ignored by many sustainability practitioners, the role of materials use is now getting attention. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) added two materials use reporting categories in the GRI G4. The use of toxic materials is of great concern in part because of the potential for exposing workers to these materials. Massachusetts is one of the few states that regulate the use of toxic materials. We ask:
- How does the use of toxic materials affect climate change (e.g., water and energy use and the handling of wastes)?
- If the focus is on toxicity, what are the unintended effects of materials substitution on the health and safety of workers (e.g., slips, trips and falls)?
- What can happen when new toxics are introduced to eliminate the material of concern (e.g., the use of stain removers in wet cleaning of clothes)?
- How has the promotion of non-toxic materials been stymied by the US Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides” and other “green washing”?
Our speakers include representation from the Toxic Use Reduction Institute, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology, and companies that have been dealing with toxics use reduction and sustainability issues associated with materials use. Come hear from the people who are grappling with these issues and trying to get us to focus on the use of materials as a sustainability concern.
Lecturer, environmental law at Boston University
Deputy Director at Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Sr. Managing Scientist and Sustainability Lead at Exponent, Inc.
Time is short and we all need to learn a boatload, fast. One of BASG’s explicit goals is that we learn as much as we can from each other, where the very diversity of the group is one of our most valuable assets. Come join the discussion, or hang out and listen. Meet those folks working hard to do what you’re trying to do and your paths have not yet crossed. We have a great time and really want to meet you! Register here.
Our format for the evening begins with informal networking followed by quick introductions all round before several lightening-speed presentations from knowledgeable folks. Using a modified IGNITE-style format, our speakers will share their experiences and then open the discussion.
We’ll end the discussion with time left for more networking and sharing info on other local events. Hope to see you there!
October 1, from 6 to 9 PM, at the 4th floor kitchen at the Cambridge Innovation Center.
The Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Visitors must comply with attendance policies (see http://bit.ly/vc-credo for more details).
Admission $12 - includes Eventbrite service fees
Hope to see you there!
Bob, Carol & Becky
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Boston Area Sustainability Group
The Boston Area Sustainaiblity Group (BASG) is about bringing sustainability-minded professionals to share, learn, make new connections, and further the work of sustainability. BASG holds monthly meetings to explore important topics in sustainability. We're young and old from varying realms of sustainability -public, private, non-profit and academia. The very diversity of our group is one of our strengths. You can join our online discussion at www.basg.org.