Creative Thinkers Tackling Circular Economy and Built Environment

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Buildings are material intensive, consuming over half the world’s extracted materials and generating roughly one third of waste globally. Across the Lower Mainland, about 2,500 single family homes are demolished every year, each averaging 50 tonnes of wood waste. New municipal bylaws requiring demolition recycling are helping keep that wood available as a resource and build the green economy.
What other circular economy principles can best prevent waste and shift practices in this sector?

We’ve enlisted four panellists with shared aspirations and unique perspectives to examine the issue during our afternoon session ‘The Built Environment’ at the 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. Join us on Nov. 3 to gain the benefits of their knowledge and experience.


Owen Zachariasse Innovation and Sustainability, Delta Development Group
Owen began his career in real estate development managing the construction crews of single-family homes while at university, before moving into the financial department at age 21. After completing his undergraduate degree in business administration Owen worked for McWilliams|Ballard, one of the most successful real estate sales and marketing firms on the east coast of the United States. He specializes in Cradle to Cradle®, Circular Economy and sustainability for real property development. “I am fuelled by equal parts passion for real estate development and a deep-seeded love and respect for the environment.”

Clint Undseth

Clint Undseth Vice President, Innovation, Stuart Olson Inc.
Clint Undseth has always had an interest in how to improve and do things differently.
“Over the last 8 years the focus has been oriented to Building Performance from collaborative design, construction and operating lifecycle with an emphasis on sustainability, reducing waste, and regenerative building. My curiosity has me studying how to effect positive change. Change is difficult and I’ve been fortunate to work in diverse environments where I’ve gathered important experiences and lessons learned regarding change management.”


Sudhir Suri Senior Architect & Partner, L’OEUF Architects
With L’OEUF, Sudhir carried out the design and coordination of the Green Energy Benny Farm project, an urban, landscape and architectural project of construction and renovation of 187 housing units in Montreal, which won the prestigious Holcim Foundation Gold Award as most sustainable project in North America in 2006, as well as the Holcim Foundation Bronze Award for the 3rd most sustainable project in the world this same year. Sudhir teaches sustainable architecture and urban design at Université de Montréal.

josh-taronJosh Taron Co-leader of Laboratory for Innovative Design
Joshua M. Taron is an Assistant Professor of architecture at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design where he runs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). LID is an interdisciplinary research group operating in areas of overlap that exist between design, its allied disciplines of engineering and production, and other fields, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology. His current research focuses on structurally intelligent swarms as an alternative to conventional wholesale building demolition by grafting complex morphological assemblies into existing buildings.

This panel’s expertise and insights into zero waste and the built environment can help you understand the opportunities and challenges we will soon be addressing. But they are only available if you register for the 2016 Zero Waste Conference. Register now to ensure you don’t miss this opportunity to develop your own knowledge base by hearing from some of the industry’s most-respected voices regarding the future of zero waste and the circular economy.

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