What is Recycling Good For? The Case of American Paper Today

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents

Daniel Press, Professor of Environmental Studies, Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz

In many American communities, paper recycling is considered good environmental practice and sound environmental policy. However, our country treats recycling as waste management, not industrial feedstock. The resulting paper recovery practices are bad for trade, US manufacturing and labor, and environmental quality.Shifting from waste management to industrial policy offers waysof making good on the promise of recycling.Daniel Press is the Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. His research interests include environmental politics and policy, land preservation, water quality regulation and management, industrial ecology, and policy analysis. He is the author of Democratic Dilemmas in the Age of Ecology: Trees and Toxics in the American West (Duke University Press, 1994), and Saving Open Space: The Politics of Local Preservation in California (UC Press, 2002). He is working on a third book about American environmental regulation over the last 40 years.

He received his B.S. in Fermentation Science with an emphasis on enology at UC Davis in 1984 and his M.A. in Public Policy from The Claremont Graduate University in 1988. He received his PhD in Political Science from The Clarement Graduate University in 1992.