Clean Materials

Clean materials can be the new clean energy in the Northwest!

This discussion series brings together regional thought leaders to talk about innovations in the emerging clean materials sector.

Clean materials companies reimagine product design, manufacturing processes, supply chains, and reuse-repair-recycling systems to prevent waste, slash unwanted impacts, and create good jobs. CSI's Clean Materials blueprint report serves as the inspiration for this discussion series. It envisions a path to transforming the Pacific Northwest’s waste system into a world-class model that delivers widespread economic, health, and environmental benefits.

The CleanTech Alliance and the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure are hosting a series of events in 2021 to coalesce a new clean materials sector of the Northwest economy. These conversations will bring together leading Northwest professionals to understand the opportunities, discover strategic partnerships, and begin to forge a shared vision for growing the Northwest’s clean materials industry sector and accelerating a sustainably thriving future.

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This discussion examines the potential benefits that a growing clean materials industry can have in the innovative Northwest economy. In this series, you'll hear remarkable thought leaders reflect on their experience with the clean energy and green building revolutions and share their insight into how the clean materials sector can become an emerging economic engine in the Pacific Northwest.

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With introduction from 

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley!


Micro Businesses, Macro Opportunity

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Building Community, Prosperity, and a Healthy Planet from the Ground Up
This discussion examines the role our smallest businesses can play in the emerging clean materials economy. Micro businesses can help drive the transition to a clean economy while expanding equitable opportunity in communities large and small – if given the chance. Listen to insightful leaders explore how this often-overlooked part of our economy can access opportunity and accelerate the promise of clean materials: good jobs, healthier communities, a sustainable planet, and broadly shared prosperity.


Cleaning the Chain

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

How Big Business Can Transform the Supply Chain and Speed Our Transition to the Clean Economy
Our economy relies on complex, far-flung supply chains that can hide the real impacts of the products we buy, from climate change to human health to wasted precious resources. For the average company, climate emissions along their supply chain are 11 times greater than their direct emissions. In this discussion, we learned what some of our largest businesses are doing to drive positive change throughout their supply chains, what barriers they face, and how we can build on their efforts so that businesses of all sizes can more easily and profitably transition to the emerging clean economy.


From Discussion to Action

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Growing a Vibrant Clean Materials Industry in the Pacific Northwest
In this fourth event in the Clean Materials Discussion Series, we’ll home in on action – concrete strategies to grow our clean materials industry into the Pacific Northwest’s next job-creating economic powerhouse. Most importantly, we will get introduced to exciting new initiatives to galvanize this emerging clean materials industry – action initiatives that you can plug into to join your colleagues at the forefront of change and innovation in one of the world’s most important sectors.


What We're Reading


"[We're seeing] mounting interest today in tackling the rest of the picture: what we make and how we make, use and dispose of it."


"And if Amazon can be a leader among the Climate Pledge signers, that's a really important step forward", said Rhys Roth.


Amazon begins the 'huge' lift to shrink the carbon footprint of its devices to reach climate goals.

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