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The 2017 Conference on Canadian Stewardship is being held from September 27-29 in Montreal. EPI is a Silver Sponsor of the Conference. EPI President Victor Bell will discuss the myriad of packaging stewardship requirements impacting retailers and brandowners and will lead a workshop along with Intertek at 10:30 on the 27th on utilizing EPR reporting data to track and meet corporate sustainability goals. Find more information and register for the Conference here

 
 
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The Product Stewardship Institute will be holding their 2017 US Product Stewardship Forum from July 25-26 in Boston. EPI President Victor Bell will be moderating a panel of experts on packaging product stewardship in the US and internationally. Register for the Forum and find more information here

 
 
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EPI President Victor Bell has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the University of Rhode Island's Research Foundation. The mission of the URI Research Foundation is to promote new technology ventures and collaboration between industry and the university. Find more information on the Research Foundation here

 
 
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A commentary by Niamh Lehane, a Researcher with EPI, was published on IndustryIntelligence.com on January 17. The article discusses the Trump Administration and how a lessened concern for the environment at the federal level may spell heightened environmental protection activity at the state level. Industry Intel subscribers can access the article here

 
 
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The Sustainable Packaging Coalition will hold its annual conference, SustPack 2017, from April 24th to the 26th in Scottsdale, Arizona. Victor Bell will be presenting on the second day of the conference. As co-chair of Connecticut's Task Force to study ways to reduce consumer waste, Victor will discuss where the state stands on implementing packaging waste reduction policies. Register and find more information here

 
 
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As part of its Special Act 16-6 (approved in June 2016), Connecticut's General Assembly has created a Task Force to study methods for reducing consumer packaging that generates solid waste. EPI President Victor Bell, as an expert in international extended producer responsibility programs, has been appointed as a member of the Task Force and will also serve as co-chair.

 
 
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Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announces the further expansion of its sustainability services, through a partnership with Environmental Packaging International (EPI), developer of redipoint®, a global Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reporting solution. 

Intertek provides organizations with assurance solutions designed to help address a wide variety of customer and market sustainability compliance activities and requirements. Successful companies recognize the benefit of building sustainability principles into their business strategy and operations. Sustainability involves such aspects as setting clear targets and measuring progress towards them, maximizing operational efficiency, developing opportunities for further economic benefits, and achieving buy-in and recognition from stakeholders. From the perspective of product design and manufacturing, sustainability can be embodied in tools such as life cycle assessments, which provide a thorough analysis of a product's environmental impact throughout the entire supply chain. 

 
 
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On November 21, Victor Bell participated, along with other speakers, in a webinar presented by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) entitled "How Do Packaging EPR Programs Impact Cost of Goods and Product Design". A recording of the webinar is available here

 
 
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A commentary by Niamh Lehane, a Researcher at EPI, on California's development of a packaging program policy model was published on IndustryIntelligence.com on November 2. The policy model will serve as a tool for policy makers and may include a proposal for packaging extended producer responsibility. Industry Intelligence subscriber can access the article here

 
 
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A commentary by Niamh Lehane, a Researcher at EPI, on the plastic can, an alternative to the all-metal can, and the recycling industry's concern that it could contaminate the recycling stream was published on IndustryIntelligence.com on July 29. Industry Intelligence subscribers can access the article here