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Lessons from the 2018 International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment: Advances and Reflections on Practice and Ongoing Needs to Build the Field.

Authors
  • Tickner, Joel1, 2
  • Simon, Rachel1, 2
  • Jacobs, Molly1, 2
  • Rudisill, Cathy3
  • Tanir, Jennifer4
  • Heine, Lauren5
  • Spencer, Pamela6
  • Fantke, Peter7
  • Malloy, Tim8
  • Edwards, Sally2
  • Zhou, Xiaoying9
  • 1 University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Public Health, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 2 Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 3 SRC, Inc, Syracuse, New York, USA.
  • 4 ToxServices LLC, Washington, DC, USA.
  • 5 Northwest Green Chemistry, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • 6 ANGUS Chemical Company, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA.
  • 7 Technical University of Denmark, Quantitative Sustainability Assessment Group, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. , (Denmark)
  • 8 University of California Los Angeles, Sustainable Technology Policy Program, School of Law & School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 9 Safer Consumer Products Program, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Sacramento, California, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2019
Volume
15
Issue
6
Pages
909–916
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4213
PMID: 31535774
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Alternatives assessment is gaining traction as a systematic method to support the informed substitution of chemicals of concern. The 2nd International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment, on 1-2 November 2018, convened nearly 150 professionals from government agencies, industry, consultant firms, academia, and advocacy organizations to advance a greater understanding of the evolving methods, practices, and challenges in the use of alternatives assessment. This article reviews highlights and lessons from the symposium, including 1) notable advances in methods, 2) shared insights from practitioners on best practices as well as inherent tensions and challenges, and 3) research and practice needs in the field that can be addressed by organizations such as the newly launched Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment. Being interdisciplinary in nature, the establishment of educational frameworks across disciplines and inclusion of diverse expertise in hazard and exposure assessments, life cycle impacts considerations, design principles, and economic and engineering evaluations will ensure continued growth of the field. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2019;00:1-8. © 2019 SETAC. © 2019 SETAC.

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