Nonita T. Yap

Professor Ontario Agricultural College School of Environmental Design and Rural Development Guelph, Ontario nyap@rpd.uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 56536

Bio/Research

She is active in the examination of, and education on the role of technology in the environmental sustainability of development interventions, and the role of policy in influencing the technology choices of firms.

In the last 15 years Nonita has been studying the drivers behind corporate...


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Bio/Research

She is active in the examination of, and education on the role of technology in the environmental sustainability of development interventions, and the role of policy in influencing the technology choices of firms.

In the last 15 years Nonita has been studying the drivers behind corporate decisions on waste management. Determining why many continue to dump their wastes or comply with legislation through end-of-pipe technologies and why only a few choose cleaner production (CP) has been the main focus of this research. She has since expanded the scope of her research. She is currently studying the role of policy, global supply chain, social capital and collective learning in driving and sustaining environmental innovations among Base-of-the Pyramid producers.

She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Great Lakes Roundtable on Pollution Prevention, the Canadian Center for Pollution Prevention and the EU-based Sustainable Consumption Research Exchange (SCORE) Network.

Nonita was a member of the EA Consultative Expert Group meeting in Paris organized by UNEP in 1993 to discuss an environmental assessment framework appropriate for developing countries. She has been an invited participant at UNEP’s Roundtable on Cleaner Production in the past 10 years. In early 2000, Nonita was an invited participant at several fora with regards to the 5-year review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. This included a workshop hosted by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade seeking to develop a framework for assessing the impacts of WTO Agreements. She also served on the Minister of Environment’s Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC), specifically the subcommittee on the Projects Outside of Canada regulations

In 2006 Nonita attended the by invitation only EU Expert Conference on the Marrakech Process, “Creating Solutions for Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The Conference, held in Wuppertal, Germany was organized by the Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, in partnership with UNEP and the Club of Rome. In early November 2008 she was among 60 invited experts and stakeholders at the Washington DC workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production sponsored by UNEP and the governments of Canada and the U.S. to launch the North American contribution to the Marrakech Process.



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