A Closer Look At Textile Recycling and Consumer Attitudes, Tony Shumpert – Zero Waste Conference 2016

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Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Tony Shumpert of Value Village offers a quick overview of the retailer’s approach and some of the findings they have made studying consumer attitudes towards textile recycling.

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From Oceans to Cities, ZWC 2017 Offers Invaluable Circular Economy Insights

The impact of plastic on our oceans is one of the key topics at ZWC 2017

The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference promises to offer insights across the circular economy spectrum. Our sessions this year will be focusing on five key areas of zero waste innovation.

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ZWC Highlights – Clint Undseth, Circular Economy Principles In Construction

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Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Clint Undseth, Vice President, Innovation, Stuart Olson Inc. explores the issues and challenges with incorporating circular economy principles into the construction industry.

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Richard C. Thompson – Looking for Solutions to Oceans of Plastic


It’s a startling, sobering statistic; that in the first ten years of the 21st century, more plastic has been produced than during the entire 20th century. This useful, adaptable material has become a mainstay of the modern world. But plastic waste can be found everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks. For ZWC 2017 speaker Richard C. Thompson, the benefits plastic can offer are undisputed. However, he’s committed to helping the world understand plastics come with a cost that cannot be overlooked.

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Josh Taron – Designing for Disassembly and Rethinking the Way We Build

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Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Josh Taron Professor – University of Calgary, Co-Leader of the Laboratory for Integrative Design, and Principal, Synthetiques outlines his vision of a new approach to our built environment. 

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Seven Key Concepts for Holistic Communities: Sudhir Suri – ZWC 2016

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Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Sudhir Suri, Senior Architect & Partner at L’OEUF Architects outlines the seven key concepts that inform his thinking on the built environment, connecting human health, creativity, community involvement, and zero waste building practices for a holistic approach to designing communities.

Video Highlights

0:20 The implicit linearity of our systems around waste
1:00 Maximizing the success of the built environment
1:30 Material and Energy Cycling
2:45 Example of recycling/reuse of building materials
3:55 Biological cycling
6:30 Social cycling
7:00 Imaginative cycling
8:00 Aspirational economy

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The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference will be held on Nov. 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year’s theme is A Circular Economy Within Reach. Stay up to date on the latest conference news as we finalize an exciting list of speakers, panels, and presentations. Subscribe to this blog (sign up window at right) for regular updates about the 2017 conference and informative highlights from last year’s event. If the shift to a circular economy and zero waste thinking is going to impact your sector, you need to stay informed. Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference on Nov. 1st is an event you don’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you! Register Now

What Makes the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference A Must Attend Event?

Zero Waste Conference 2016 Overview from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

World-renowned keynote speakers, panel discussions with great insights from industry experts, and unmatched opportunities for networking with colleagues on the forefront of zero waste and the circular economy. Year after year, these are the hallmarks of the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. 2017 promises to be no different.

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