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May 16, 2019

5:45 to 6:30 pm - Networking/Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Speaker Forum


Oregon DEQ Review of Sustainability Frameworks: Expanding Material Stewardship Potential

The Paramount Hotel (Mezzanine Level)
808 SW Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97205

  • One block from MAX, Street Car & Smart Park

For additional information, contact:

  • Joe Needoba, Speaker Chair 503-346-3421

  • Sara Moore, President


Sustainable human development as defined by the Bruntland Commission in 1987 was to balance economic prosperity with human and environmental well-being so that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to thrive. At present, this philosophy is embodied in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) – and while the sentiment is often quoted, actions towards those higher goals are sparsely distributed. What are the collective actions that are working towards long term sustainability?

 This month’s forum explores this question by reviewing the theoretical potential of several sustainability frameworks, particularly those related to material consumption. The frameworks include Zero Waste, Circular Economy, Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Materials Management. Each framework considers the material life cycle, including resource extraction from earth, manufacturing, distributing, using, and managing post-use discards. A visual gap analysis among the main sustainability frameworks offers a view into potential cooperation and collaboration opportunities that could strengthen the overall results of efforts across different domains.

The review paper can be downloaded from Oregon DEQ Materials Management website.


Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Minal Mistry is the business initiatives lead with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He works with a wide range of entities to implement strategies for Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management. Minal supports concept development, research, and capacity building in support of the Vision. His professional experiences include life cycle assessment, environmental testing, information services, training, and consulting. He has worked with global brands on implementing Design for Environment (DfE) strategies for consumer-packaged goods. Minal is a biologist with experience in business, non-profit, and government sectors.