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  1. Dr. Spencer, Thank you for the work you do, and for making this webinar available. My question is: Your first question asks why people in the audience are seeking Alt Assessment Strategies for Sustainable Product Development. None of the multiple choice answers available included an option to consider the ethical and moral considerations that people and corporations urgently need to have as a backdrop for their timely transition to non-toxicity (“because the way I am doing business is toxic to people and the environment”). By framing the question only in terms of consumer demand or corporate self-interest (among other business choices), you shut out the ethical element, which allows workers and C suite denizens to shelter themselves from the broader and more egregious implications and consequences of the use of toxic elements in their products or services. I realize scientists, as well as businesspersons (and most politicians), have “streamlined” their job descriptions to the point where “someone else” must look out for ethical considerations so that business can continue to thrive. But isn’t that the true starting point of any action? (“because it is the right thing to do”?) And doesn’t one have to recognize one’s part in “the problem” before one can actually change and be a part of “the solution”? (“Oh dear, using mercury to produce my product means our wastewater is killing everything downstream. Shouldn’t we look for another way of doing this?”) Thanks.

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