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 successes putting cradle-to-cradle principles into practice. These two speakers are emblematic of the conference itself. Inspiring ideas and real world solutions meet at ZWC 2016, where long-term visions of a zero waste future share the spotlight with ways of starting that process in the present.
Oxman is a ground-breaking designer and architect at 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. 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 at Zachariasse Consulting, bringing Cradle-to-Cradle® principles into play in the area of real estate development for projects such as Park 20|20 – the first full service Cradle to Cradle® 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 strategy has attracted high-profile tenants such as the FIFA Professional Football Players Association, who have made 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 for the future opportunities of the circular economy, mark Nov. 3 on your calendar and register for an inspiring day exploring the shift to a zero waste world.
With the unexpected passing of Bing Thom in October, the Canadian architecture and planning community suffered a huge loss. Thom’s contributions to his field had a global impact and Bing will be greatly missed. We were especially looking forward to his insights and perspectives, as a moderator for the 2016 Zero Waste Conference session ‘The Built Environment.’
Big Ideas. Groundbreaking innovations. Cutting-edge solutions. Metro Vancouver’s annual Zero Waste Conference has gained a reputation for delivering invaluable perspectives on all three. The one-day conference’s well-deserved reputation for impacting policies and practices is due in large part to its track record of showcasing real world successes in the shift towards the circular economy and a zero waste world. This year’s edition promises to continue that tradition.
Engineered wood and plastics are all around us. From the manufactured wood products used in our furniture, to the foam plastics preventing breakage or damage to consumer goods during shipment. But these materials have a significant impact on the environment and our health. Ecovative co-founder Eben Bayer wants to change that – with the amazing potential of the marvelous mushroom.
Closing the loop in a circular economy leads to a realization. Achieving a future without waste demands we recognize the interconnectedness of our efforts across disciplines. At Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference we will be looking at zero waste through the lens of four distinct sessions. This comprehensive approach not only promises ‘something for everyone’ – it also offers delegates a unique opportunity to understand how zero waste principles depend on holistic solutions.
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.
Design for Compostability: Success Stories within the Value Chain
Product designers seeking to close the loop on waste often look in the direction of compostability. But some innovations inadvertently create products and packaging which won’t degrade in existing large scale compost facilities. This can be due to design, composting technology, or processing conditions. So, what does effective design for compostability and facility acceptance look like? A webinar hosted by the National Zero Waste Council and moderated by Alan Blake, Co-Lead, National Zero Waste Council Product Design & Packaging Working Group, featured an expert panel offering valuable insights from their experiences in their daily operations.