Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference will begin the day with the big ideas of Neri Oxman. The event wraps up with Owen Zachariasse’s successesÂ putting cradle-to-cradleÂ principles into practice. These two speakers are emblematic of the conference itself. Inspiring ideas and real worldÂ solutions meetÂ at ZWC 2016, whereÂ long-term visions of a zero waste future share the spotlight withÂ waysÂ of starting that process in the present.
Oxman is aÂ ground-breaking designer and architect atÂ M.I.T.’s Media Lab, where her work in ‘material ecology’ merges the latest technology with the timeless design efficiencies found in Nature.
The results are objects that very nearly defy description, such as ‘Carpal Skin’, a prototype for a protective glove to protect against Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.Â The resulting synthesis of natural designs and modern materials is a look ahead to one of the fundamental questions posed by adherents to the zero waste approach: what can we learn from nature when designing products for a circular economy?
Neri Oxman will be the opening keynote speaker at ZWC 2016, with her presentation ‘Design by nature, revolutionary innovation at the edge’
Owen Zachariasse began his career in real estate development within the construction industry at age 19, managing the production crews of single-family homes before moving into the financial department at age 21. Today he is one of the principals atÂ Zachariasse Consulting, bringing Cradle-to-CradleÂ® principles into play in the area of real estate development for projects such asÂ Park 20|20 â€“ the first full serviceÂ Cradle to CradleÂ®Â inspired working environment in the Netherlands.
Park 20|20’s human-centred design features monumental buildings of glass and steel combined with ergonomics, state of the art installation techniques and integrated landscaping to create a working environment which is both inspiring and user friendly. The design strategyÂ has attracted high-profile tenants such as theÂ FIFA Professional Football Players Association, who have madeÂ Park 20|20 the home of their international headquarters.
Owen Zachariasse will be the closing keynote speaker at ZWC 2016 with his presentation ‘Circular Innovation and Business Leadership in the Netherlands’
Thought-provoking experiments. Real world examples. The Metro Vancouver 2016 Zero Waste Conference offers both. Whether you’re looking for practical ways to enhance sustainability in your organization today, or creative visions forÂ the future opportunities of the circular economy, mark Nov. 3 on your calendar and registerÂ for an inspiring day exploring the shift toÂ a zero waste world.