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Agenda

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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8:30 am – 9:00 am

REGISTRATION

9:15 am – 9:35 am

Welcome and Introductions
Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Chris Weis, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

9:35 am – 10:15 am

Keynote Presentation
Alternatives Assessment: Promoting Preventive Action for Environmental & Occupational Health
Debbie Raphael, San Francisco Department of Environment

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10:15 am – 11:30 am

Panel 1. Defining the Field of Alternatives Assessment
MODERATOR: Sally Edwards, University of Massachusetts Lowell
History & Architecture of Alternatives Assessment
Ken Geiser, University of Massachusetts Lowell
National Academies’ Framework on Alternatives Assessment, “Design of Safer Substitutes”
Dave Dorman, North Carolina State University (Presented by Joel Tickner)
Creating a Data Commons for Alternatives Assessment
Tom Lent, Healthy Building Network
Plenary Discussion

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11:30 am – 1:00 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Panel 2. European Perspective on Alternatives Assessment — Recent Actions
MODERATOR: Lothar Lissner, Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE
Eva Lechtenberg-Auffarth, German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Anette Albjerg Ejersted, Danish Ministry of the Environment
Matti Vainio, European Chemicals Agency

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2:10 pm – 2:30 pm

BREAK

2:30 pm – 3:50 pm

Panel 3. Federal Agency Viewpoints on Opportunities and Needs to Advance Alternatives Assessment
MODERATOR: Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Chris Weis, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Jim Jones, Environmental Protection Agency
David Michaels, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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3:50 pm – 5:15 pm

Small Group Discussions: Enhancing the Integration of Alternatives Assessment in Government Policy & Programs

5:15 pm

Adjourn

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Friday, March 6, 2015

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome and Day 1 Review

 8:45 am  9:00 am

Priorities for a Research Agenda on Alternatives Assessment: Considerations for Day 2 Discussions
Molly Jacobs, University of Massachusetts Lowell

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Panel 4. Advancing the Practice of Alternatives Assessment — Hazard Assessment & Exposure Characterization
MODERATOR: Pam Eliason, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Hazard-Based Frameworks to Identify & Evaluate Safer Alternatives
Margaret Whittaker, ToxServices
Exposure Characterization
Ann Blake, Environmental and Public Health Consulting
Discussants: Cal Baier Anderson, EPA; Helen Holder Hewlett Packard
Plenary Discussion

10:15 am – 10:30 am

BREAK

10:35 am – 11:30 am

Small Group  Discussions: Advancing the Practice on Hazard Assessment & Exposure Characterization

11:35 am – 12:00 pm

Small Group Report Back & Plenary Discussion

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH (boxed lunch provided by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production)

 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Session: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox and Tool Selector
Overview & Demonstration of the SAA Toolbox
Jonathan Rivin, University of Wisconsin & Emily Conner, Abt Associates

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel 5. Advancing the Practice of Alternatives Assessment — Economic Analysis, Life cycle Thinking and Decision Analysis
MODERATOR: Alex Stone, Washington State Department of Ecology
Performance and Economic Analysis
Liz Harriman, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Life cycle Thinking
Topher Buck, Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2)
Decision Analysis
Tim Malloy, UCLA Sustainable Technology Policy Program
Discussants: Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; Ray Lizotte, Schneider Electric
Plenary Discussion

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

BREAK

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Small Group Discussions: Advancing the Practice — Technical/Economic Analysis, Life Cycle Thinking & Decision-Analysis

3:50 pm 4:15 pm

Small Group Report Back & Plenary Discussion

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Plenary Discussion: Supporting an Alternatives Assessment Research Agenda and Community of Practice: Where Do We Go from Here?
MODERATOR: Sally Edwards, University of Massachusetts Lowell

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Symposium Feedback