Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) undertook a multi-party stakeholder process to develop recommendations to the state for implementing product stewardship polices. Full Circle’s David Stitzhal served on the stakeholder group representing the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.

In concert with this role, Stitzhal was retained—with funding from Portland Metro—to research and develop a briefing paper exploring product stewardship; it focused on using product stewardship as an environmental management strategy for “greening” product design and production. This effort resulted in the working paper, “Swimming Upstream: Product Stewardship and the Promise of Green Design,” and was included in the stakeholder group’s final recommendations. Stitzhal later revised the document for publication in Environmental Quality Management as, “Product Stewardship: Can it Drive Green Design?”  Said one local government official of Stitzhal’s paper, “I personally thought your “Swimming Upstream” background paper provided one of the most informative presentations of that whole DEQ process.”

Stitzhal has also worked with DEQ staff for many years in their roles on the steering committee of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.  See Clients or Project for more information on the Council.)

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