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Preliminary program. Please check back for further details.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am        

Breakfast & Registration

LOCATION: Klamath Room

9:00 am - 9:15 am       

Welcome and Opening Remarks

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Matt Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection 

9:15 am - 9:45 am


LOCATION: Coastal Room


Mary O'Brien, author of Making Better Environmental Decisions: An Alternative to Risk Assessment

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Session 1. History and Landscape of Alternatives Assessment and Informed Substitution 

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Lothar Lieck, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Helen HolderHewlett Packard Labs

Liz Harriman, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Additional Presenter TBA

10:30 am - 10:45 am        


10:45 am – 12:00 pm            

Session 2. The State of the Science of Alternatives Assessment Methods

LOCATION: Coastal Room

Moderator: Alex Stone


Hazard Assessment

Presenter: Cathy Rudisill, SRC, Inc.

Comparative Exposure Evaluation

Presenter: Meg Whittaker, ToxServices

Essential Emergent Aspects

Presenter: Lauren Heine, Northwest Green Chemistry

Decision Analysis

Presenter: Tim Malloy, UCLA

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Table Discussion

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm           


LOCATION: Klamath Room

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Session 3. Developments in Alternatives Assessment Methods

LOCATION: Coastal Room, Klamath Room, Training Room 1 East & West, 

Training Room 2 East & West

Presenters will be selected from submitted abstracts

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm        


3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Session 4. Panel: Lessons Learned from Alternatives Assessment and Adoption

LOCATION: Coastal Room


XiaoYing ZhouSafer Consumer Products Program, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Brian Penttila, WA Dept. of Ecology

Elke Van Asbroeck, Alperion

Linda GallegosLevi Strauss & Co.

Ryan D. CanatseyThe Sherwin-Williams Company

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Poster Session & Exhibit Hall


6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Cocktail Reception

Friday, November 2, 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am


LOCATION: Klamath Room

8:30 am - 8:45 am            

Welcome and Day 1 Review

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Karl Palmer, Safer Consumer Products Branch, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Rick Woychik, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

8:45 am - 10:00 am

Session 5. Capacity Needs for Building the Field and Practice 

LOCATION: Coastal Room



Elaine Cohen Hubal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kevin Masterson, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Matti Vainio, European Chemicals Agency

Saskia van BergenWashington State Department of Ecology



Pam Spencer, ANGUS Chemical Company

10:00 am - 10:15 am 


10:15 am - 11:30 am

Session 6. Small Group Discussions: Advancing the Field of Alternatives Assessment

This group of sessions provides an opportunity for participants to engage in a facilitated discussion with their colleagues to dive deeper into topics of interest. Attendees can choose from one of the following discussions.

Capacity-Building and Training


Developing Best Practices, Standards and Alignment


The Nexus between Alternatives Assessment, Informed Substitution, and Sustainable Design

LOCATION: Training Room 1

(Optional) Further Discussion Of An Emergent Theme From The Symposium

LOCATION: Training Room 2

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Roger McFadden, Canberra Corporation

Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Karl Palmer, Safer Consumer Products Branch, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

12:30 pm        


2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Optional Short Course

Assessing Exposure to Chemicals in Consumer Products for Alternatives Assessment