The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) in collaboration with the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network (USDN) and the City of Eugene (Oregon) sponsored the workshop “The Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption,” on October 29-November 1, 2014. This unique event was an opportunity to examine what action cities can take to promote sustainable consumption at the community scale. The workshop brought together SCORAI researchers; city sustainability staff in communities that are beginning to experiment with (or at least investigate) the topic, and key policy experts who are working to bring theory into practice. The 2 1/2 days of focused discussion helped to generate a shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges, potential next steps, and additional research needs to aid local governments in accelerating the transition to more sustainable consumption.
Further details (including the workshop agenda, list of participants, and selected presentation slides) are available here.
The recording of a follow-up webinar organized by the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum is available here.
Videos of all the key presentations and plenary sessions can be found here.
Below is a 5 minute video clip featuring Terry Moore (Vice-President of ECONorthwest), explaining what sustainable consumption means to him as a citizen and a professional.