Innovative Cities Lecture – Pharmaceutical Waste – Is Product Stewardship a Viable Solution?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

Steve Brachman, Waste Reduction and Management Specialist at the UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC), will deliver a lecture titled: Pharmaceutical Waste – is product stewardship a viable solution? The lecture will Identify pharmaceutical waste impacts on the environment and human health, Explore the product stewardship movement internationally and explore recent efforts in the Great Lakes to address pharmaceutical waste problems, and discuss the challenges and opportunities related to applying an extended producer responsibility approach to contaminants of emerging concern.

The lecture will last approximately 1 hour, with 15 minutes reserved for questions afterward.

About Steve Brachman:

Mr. Brachman currently serves as the Waste Reduction and Management Specialist and Distinguished Lecturer for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center. He is primarily responsible for providing technical assistance and educational programs for pollution prevention, recycling, and solid and hazardous waste management projects for consumers, business and local governments in Wisconsin. Key current projects include:

Wisconsin Healthcare for a Healthy Environment – an EPA sponsored program to reduce and eliminate pollution in healthcare facilities throughout Wisconsin

Wisconsin Sustainability Intern program, which assists facilities and organizations reduce waste, while improving the environment cost effectively

Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Waste project – reducing the amount of waste containing persistent toxic substances by focusing upon consumer-generated pharmaceutical waste collection program for Wisconsin, along with creating awareness and educational materials to lay the groundwork for a product stewardship solution throughout five Western Great Lakes states.

Prior to joining the UW-Extension, Mr. Brachman was employed as the Resource Recovery Manager for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works, as an Environmental Specialist for the engineering consulting firm Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff, and as a Community Resource Development Agent for the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Milwaukee County. Mr. Brachman is also a director on the Wisconsin Community Services board and the City of Milwaukee Bike/Pedestrian Task Force.

Lecture attendees are eligible to receive 1.0 AICP Certificate Maintenance Credit for each lecture attended. All Innovative Cities Lectures count for 1.0 AICP CM credit.

An RSVP to is kindly requested, but not required.

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Pizza lunch and refreshments are provided.

Transit Information:
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee area is in a walkable, bike-able, urban neighborhood that is served by several transit lines, including the Milwaukee County Transit System, Badger Bus, and Wisconsin Coach Lines. Please consider utilizing public transit to get to UWM and avoid the hassle of parking.

Questions, comments?
Please contact Brian Peterson, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at