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2018 Agenda


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Thursday, November 1, 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am        

Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

LOCATION: Klamath Room

9:00 am - 9:15 am       

Welcome and Opening Remarks

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMass Lowell

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 - 10:45 am

History and Landscape of Alternatives Assessment and Informed Substitution 

LOCATION: Coastal Room

Moderator: Molly Jacobs


Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMass Lowell

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

Helen HolderHewlett Packard Labs

Liz Harriman, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

10:45 am - 11:00 am        


LOCATION: Coastal Room

11:00 am – 12:15 pm            

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: Margaret Whittaker, ToxServices LLC

Essential Emergent Aspects

Presenter: Lauren Heine, Northwest Green Chemistry

Decision Analysis

Presenter: Timothy Malloy, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm           

Lunch (provided)

LOCATION: Klamath Room

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Developments in Alternatives Assessment Methods

Hazard Assessment

LOCATION: Coastal Room

Comparative Exposure Evaluation and Consideration of Life Cycle Impacts

LOCATION: Klamath Room

Policy and Practice

LOCATION: Training Room 1 East & West

Decision Analysis (including Hazard Assessment Scoring Methods) in Alternatives Assessment

LOCATION: Training Room 2 East & West

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm        


LOCATION: Coastal Room

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel: Lessons Learned from Alternatives Assessment and Adoption

LOCATION: Coastal Room

Moderator: Sally Edwards


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

Brian Penttila, Washington State Department of Ecology

Elke Van Asbroeck, Apeiron-Team NV

Linda GallegosLevi Strauss & Co.

Ryan CanatseyThe Sherwin-Williams Company

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Poster Session & Exhibit Hall


6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Networking Reception

(hor d'oeuvres & refreshments provided)

LOCATION: Blue Prynt Restaurant & Bar

Friday, November 2, 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast (provided)

LOCATION: Klamath Room

8:30 am - 8:45 am            

Welcome and Day 1 Review

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Meredith Williams, Safer Products and Workplaces Program, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Rick Woychik, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

8:45 am - 10:00 am

Capacity Needs for Building the Field and Practice 

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Elaine Cohen Hubal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Liz Harriman, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)

Kevin Masterson, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Matti Vainio, European Chemicals Agency

Saskia van BergenWashington State Department of Ecology


Pamela Spencer, ANGUS Chemical Company

10:00 am - 10:15 am 


LOCATION: Coastal Room

10:15 am - 11:30 am

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

LOCATION: Coastal Room

Developing Best Practices, Standards and Alignment

LOCATION: Klamath Room

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

LOCATION: Training Room 1 East & West

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

LOCATION: Training Room 2 East & West

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

LOCATION: Coastal Room


Joel Tickner, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMass Lowell

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