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October 28, 2021 | #ZWC21


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When we started the first zero waste conference in 2011, we were just beginning to wrap our heads around how to reduce our waste. Early conferences were about identifying connections and talking about trash. When the idea of the circular economy first appeared in 2013, it sparked us to start rethinking waste. It was an…

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The threat of climate change calls for a global call to action and a worldwide transformation. The scientific evidence is clear that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must dramatically decrease to avoid detrimental climatic impacts. The planet is clearly communicating its distress, but also it offers a solution and a roadmap to recovery. Nature doesn't waste…

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Last year when we made the call to turn the Zero Waste Conference into a virtual experience so that the show could go on despite the pandemic, we never thought we’d be in the same position for a second year. While we are all looking forward to when we can return to the full in-person…

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Last chance to register and hear our renowned speakers The Zero Waste Conference is nearly here. Don’t miss your chance to join global thought leaders, business innovators, academics, scientists and government officials striving for a common goal – zero waste. Keynote Lineup This year’s keynote lineup offers insights on issues like the built environment, next…

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Everything you need to stay connected at the Zero Waste Conference We look forward to welcoming you Friday, November 13th to the 2020 Zero Waste Conference! The program begins at 8:30 a.m. PST. We encourage participants to sign in 15 minutes early to ensure stable connection and to learn how you can ask questions of…

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Meet the ‘Build Back Better’ Panelists The week of the Zero Waste Conference has finally arrived, and Metro Vancouver and the National Zero Waste Council are ready to welcome you to the landmark Build Back Better session. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of every Canadian and shone a spotlight on the vulnerabilities in…

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Michael Green is no stranger to innovation – as the Principal of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture, Green is acclaimed for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood as well as new technologies and approaches for construction. We asked Michael Green why being part of the 2020 Zero Waste Conference is important…

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The 2020 Zero Waste Conference is just around the corner! If you are still on the fence about attending, here are our top five reasons to join us for the virtual conference on November 13, 2020. 1. Hear the Solutions-focused Ocean Plastics Session Solving a problem as pervasive as plastic pollution will take global collaboration…

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The Zero Waste Conference is renowned for inspiring keynotes – now meet our lineup of expert moderators. The 2020 Zero Waste Conference will look at everything from how we build our cities to what our clothes are made from, and will explore how we can enshrine resilience and equity values within the burgeoning circular economy.…

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Meet this year’s Circular Economy Innovators and Entrepreneurs.  Innovation and adaptability are hallmarks of human nature and the historical revolutions in science, agriculture and industry show us how just quickly and profoundly a paradigm shift can change our lives. Our challenge now is to re-examine our relationship with the material world and built environment to…

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