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MARCH 5-6, 2015

International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment

The Natcher Conference Center at the National Institute of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

 

About the Symposium

The field of alternatives assessment has grown significantly over the last decade because of increasing regulatory and consumer demands to substitute chemicals of concern in consumer products. 

This two-day international symposium will provide a collegial forum for governmental agency staff, university researchers, industry sustainability professionals, environmental health consultants and advocates to:

  • Understand gaps in knowledge and methods confronting the use of alternatives assessment.
  • Identify elements of a research agenda for alternatives assessment and a process for moving it forward.
  • Advance and support the growing community of practice for alternatives assessment

Symposium Planning Committee

April Bennett, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Ann Blake, Environmental and Public Health Consulting
Sally Edwards, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Pam Eliason, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Molly Jacobs, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Tim Malloy, University of California Los Angeles, Sustainable Technology Policy Program, School of Law & School of Public Health
Ray Lizotte, Schneider Electric
Mark Rossi, Clean Production Action
Alex Stone, Washington State Department of Ecology
Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Christopher Weis, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Meg Whittaker, ToxServices
Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation

 

Agenda & Presentations

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015

8:30 am - 9:00 am        

REGISTRATION

9:00 am - 9:20 am       

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Linda Birnbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

9:20 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Presentation

Alternatives Assessment: Promoting Preventative Action for Environmental & Occupational Health

Debbie Raphael, San Francisco Department of Environment

10:00 am – 10:20 am           

Group Process

What are the key drivers and motivators of assessment for you?

What brings you to this community of practice?

10:20 am - 10:35 am        

BREAK

10:35 am – 11:50 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' Report, "A Framework to Guide the Selection of Safer Chemical Alternatives"

Dave Dorman, North Carolina State University

Creating a Data Commons for Alternatives Assessment

Tom Lent, Healthy Building Network

Plenary Discussion

11:50 am - 12:50 pm

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

12:50 pm - 2:10 pm           

Panel 2. European Perspectives 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

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm        

BREAK

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Panel 2. Federal Agency Viewpoints on Opportunities and Needs to Advance Alternatives Assessment

MODERATOR: Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jim Jones, Environmental Protection Agency

David Michaels, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Linda Birnbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Services

John Howard, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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 - 7:00 pm

RECEPTION HOSTED BY TOXSERVICES - CLYDE'S of CHEVY CHASE

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

8:30 am - 8:45 am                     

Welcome and Day 1 Review

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Developing 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 Assessment, Margaret Whittaker, ToxServices

Exposure Assessment, Ann Blake, Environmental and Public Health Consulting

Discussants: Helen Holder, Hewlett-Packard Co; Cal Baier-Anderson, Environmental Protection Agency

Plenary Discussion

10:15 am - 10:30 am 

BREAK

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Small Group Discussion

Advancing the Practice on Hazard Assessment & Exposure Characterization

11:35 am - 12:00 pm

Small Group Report Back & Plenary Discussion

MODERATOR: Pam Eliason, MA Toxics Use Reduction Institute

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm           

Lunch session: Organization 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 - Performance and Economic Analysis, Life Cycle Thinking and Decision-Analysis

MODERATOR: Alex Stone, Washington State Department of Ecology

Performance and Economic Analysis, Liz Harriman, MA Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Life Cycle Thinking, Topher Buck, Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse

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 Discussion

Advancing the Practice on Technical/Economic Analysis. Life Cycle Thinking & Decision-Analysis - Needs and Opportunities for Alternative Assessment

3:50 pm - 4:15 pm

Small Group Report Back & Plenary Discussion

MODERATOR: Alex Stone, Washington State Department of Ecology

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