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March 1, 2024

EPA Announces Pollution Prevention in Action: New Webinar Series with OCSPP

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

On March 1, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) announced a new webinar series, “Pollution Prevention in Action.” On the second Wednesday of the month, Jennie Romer, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention, will host webinars featuring businesses, Pollution Prevention grantees, and other experts about innovations and successes in implementing source reduction strategies to advance sustainability across sectors. The webinar series will run through August 2024. EPA has announced the following webinars:

  • March 13, 2024, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT): Using EPA’s Sustainable Procurement Tools to Achieve Sustainability Goals: Learn about how EPA’s sustainable procurement tools can help government and institutional purchasers meet sustainability goals and mandates. The webinar will review a new interactive tool for EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels and show how it can identify the ecolabels that address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and plastics. Additionally, hear from industry experts and EPA grantees on how they incorporate these resources in their work. Speakers will include:
  • Allison Thompson, EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing;
  • Susan Klosterhaus and Esther Julier, Cradle to Cradle;
  • Christa McDermott, Portland State University; and
  • Katie Saha, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council;
  • April 10, 2024, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT): Moving the Needle on Reuse: Reusable Food Service Ware (Part I): The first of two webinars about reusable food service ware will examine the range of support at EPA and elsewhere for expanding reusable food service ware. This webinar will also explore how Pollution Prevention grantees are using EPA resources to support the use of reusable food service ware at businesses and nonprofit organizations; and
  • May 8, 2024, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT): Reducing PFAS in Products: Progress and Challenges: Learn about EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and how EPA’s Pollution Prevention program is harnessing the power of EPA Recommended standards and ecolabels to incentivize addressing PFAS in products and procurement. Additionally, hear from state agencies about how they are identifying PFAS in products and alternatives. Pollution Prevention grantees will also share about their work reducing PFAS in products and manufacturing.

EPA will announce registration information and additional webinars soon.