Sustainable Oregon 2020

All Workshops take place on Wednesday June 10th from 9am - 12pm and require advance registration.
Price ($35) includes box lunch. 

Workshop 1: Talk This Way: Utilize Multicultural Communications to Benefit your Recycling Program​

In many communities, the effort to get the right materials in curbside carts is complicated by language and cultural barriers (not to mention limited budgets). In this interactive workshop, experts from the Recycling Partnership will explain how to drive behavior change in situations where there are high levels of ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.

They will also share results from their multicultural "audit,” reviewing all current literature on multiculturalism, its definitions, and multicultural views on public health and the environment. 

Additionally, they'll share brand new results from their first influencer study taking place on the West Coast in 2020.

Workshop 2: There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: An Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment                                      

Paper or Plastic?  I’m sure you’ve been asked this question many times at the grocery store (although here in Oregon, probably not recently).  So which is better from an environmental standpoint?  One is made from renewable materials and the other from non-renewable fossil fuel.  One is biodegradable and the other isn’t.  Are these attributes enough to make the best choice for the environment?  Enter Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).  

LCA is a scientific tool for evaluating the environmental impacts of a material, product, or service across its life (that is - from resource extraction through to disposal, accounting for all inputs and outputs along the way).  It is based on international standards (ISO 14040/14044) that provide the guidance, principles, and framework for conducting an LCA study.

LCA is not a new concept; the original ISO standards were published in the late 1990s and systems thinking emerged long before that.  However it has developed as a valuable decision-support tool for product designers, policy makers, or industry professionals to better understand the environmental impacts and trade-offs of materials, products or services. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of Life Cycle Assessment from Goal & Scope to Life Cycle Inventory Analysis, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, and Interpretation.   We will apply these basic concepts through a hands-on example, specifically calculating the life cycle environmental impacts of lunch!

Participants will leave with a few key takeaways:

  1. Understand and be able to communicate the value of life cycle thinking
  2. Understand the methodological approach to conducting a life cycle assessment
  3. Be able to interpret LCA results and claims

Workshop 3: Plastics Recycling – A Hands On Experience​

Hands-on plastics recycling workshop to cover questions like: 
  • What are the different commodity resins?
  • What are the issues with recycling plastics such as thermoform PET, black plastic, polystyrene, etc.?
  • What plastics contribute to floating marine debris? What ones do not?'
  • How can you identify the different major commodity resins?
  • How have markets changed for resins over time?
  • How do fillers, flame retardants, and other factors affect plastic recycling?
  • What are the quantities of each plastic currently being recycled, and what quantities are currently being disposed that could be recycled?