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Opening Keynote: Prioritizing systems level sustainability actions in Oregon
Tuesday, 25/Jun/2019:
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Multnomah/Holladay

Session Abstract

While there is much discussion about systems thinking and the need for systems level change amongst sustainability professionals and various industry sectors, there remains large gaps in the depth of the dialogue and action. Much effort is dedicated by global brands, non-profit entities, local and regional policymakers, and supporting research communities on relatively small parts of the life cycle of materials – namely impact reduction via enhanced end of use materials management. Omitted in the conversations are issues of scale of sustainability activities as related to planetary boundaries, material consumption and continuous economic growth as a root driver of environmental damage and social woes. Issues concerning the entire social dimension of sustainable development is often left out of the vocabulary. This presentation will weave these themes using the Oregon experience and research from the Materials Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality.

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Prioritizing systems level sustainability actions in Oregon

Minal Mistry, Peter Canepa

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, United States of America

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