This book provides an overview on managing products throughout their lifecycles in order to conserve resources, decrease environmental impact, and share the burden of responsibility. It gives the reader a broad understanding of the origins and evolution of the rapidly expanding field of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility, while providing exemplary and precautionary case studies and expert discussion. Informative and timely, this reference will be useful to anyone engaged in, or embarking on, efforts to reduce impacts from consumer products, including greenhouse gas emissions. At its core, product stewardship creates a network of accountability that places the primary onus on producers yet includes government, waste management companies, and consumers in developing and implementing solutions.
About the Author
Scott Cassel is the founder and chief executive officer of the Product Stewardship Institute, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing lifecycle impacts of consumer products. He has more than 35 years of solid waste management experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He holds a BS in environmental studies and geology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MCP with a focus on environmental policy and dispute resolution from MIT. Cassel is the former director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and past president and founding board memberof the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. He has also worked for a private solid waste management company and a statewide environmental group. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.