Maggie Clarke, Ph.D., Consumption, Climate, Zero Waste and the Green New Deal

Solutions to climate change are usually limited to alternative energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation, and related topics. This is based on contribution of carbon to the atmosphere by electrical generation, buildings, and transportation sectors. But in 2009 USEPA presented a paper at a zero waste conference in Devens, MA, showing an alternative view of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. In this systems view, EPA showed that materials management, specifically, production, transportation and use of consumer goods, packaging and food accounted for about half of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Looked at this way, it becomes clear to professionals in the fields of waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting, that these methods, aka Zero Waste solutions, together are a long-neglected but productive way to combat climate change. And yet, this information, this EPA pie chart, is not known by those who have been devising Green New Deals or other programs to combat climate change. The purpose of this paper is to draw the connections between consumption, climate change, zero waste and the Green New Deals that are being discussed across the US so that those who are developing and voting on them will be doing so with this critical information about carbon sources and solutions …

Alicia Culver

Alicia Culver is Executive Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), an international network of purchasing agents and sustainability professionals dedicated to advancing sustainable purchasing. RPN creates cutting-edge procurement strategies and tools designed to protect human health and the environment, often while saving money. With over 25 years of experience in green purchasing, Alicia is … Read more

Gina Lee

Gina is a passionate advocate for the adoption of the Circular Economy and believes strongly in the power of collaboration and innovation to create change. She has over 15 years of experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Impact in the United States, China, and Germany. Her past roles include overseeing partnerships with Fortune … Read more

Payzone Systems

Payzone Systems rated A+ by BBB is a national leader in credit card and ACH processing and is partnered with the National Recycling Coalition to offer it’s members, specialized programs including 7 days a week funding. Payzone provides businesses with the best in credit card processing services by leveraging the world’s most advanced technologies for … Read more