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Friday, February 3 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Stuff, Stuff and More Stuff: How Consumption Emissions are Changing the Climate Conversation and How You Can Take Action

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We hear a lot about changing our energy systems to tackle climate change, how energy and transportation are the two biggest culprits — the smokestacks and the tailpipes. But that’s not the whole picture. More than 40% of U.S greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from our stuff and our food — how we make it, transport it, use it and throw it away. These are called “consumption emissions.” The more we buy and throw away stuff, the more energy it takes to make new stuff, and the faster climate change accelerates. The good news is there are tons of local actions we can take to reduce these consumption emissions. This panel will give an overview of consumption emissions and then look at the efforts to measure and reduce these emissions in the city of Boulder and Fort Collins. In small groups, we’ll explore which actions have the most impact and how to jumpstart the community conversation on consumption. 

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Kate Bailey

Director, Eco-Cycle Solutions Project, Eco-cycle
Kate Bailey is the Director of the Eco-Cycle Solutions project, an initiative of Boulder-based Eco-Cycle to share its programs, experiences and lessons learned with communities around the world. Kate is a leading authority on Zero Waste best practices. She creates national reports... Read More →
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Jamie Harkins

Business Sustainability Specialist, City of Boulder
Jamie Harkins is a Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, where she works on energy and waste reduction programs, policies and planning projects, as well as citywide innovation projects. Her past work includes the commercial EnergySmart program, the Disposable Bag Fee... Read More →
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Lucinda Smith

Environmental Services Department Director, City of Fort Collins
Lucinda Smith has worked in public service, federal then local government, on environmental protection for over twenty-five years.  She currently is Director of the Environmental Services Department at the City of Fort Collins. Environmental Services is part of the City’s Sustainability... Read More →

Friday February 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm MST
N129 University of Colorado Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303