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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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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 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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Wasteful ways are here by design. Meet one of the crusaders fighting to change the ways we design and build. Every item we use in our daily lives started the same way – as an idea in a designer’s mind. Unfortunately, decades of commercialism have resulted in products that are often designed to be short-lived,…

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We welcome The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson to the solutions-focused Ocean Plastics session. The Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, to the Keynote Conversation in the Solving the Plastics Challenge in One Generation session. CANADIAN LEADERSHIP ON PLASTIC POLLUTION The Government of Canada made…

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Meet two of the innovative organizations making circular economy and biofabrication solutions mainstream. The pioneering work of Suzanne Lee, founder of Biofabricate and a keynote at the 2020 Zero Waste Conference,  as well as other early adopters in the field of bio-engineered materials continues to inspire entrepreneurs, scientists and brands worldwide to push the boundaries…

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The 2020 Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome leading ocean plastics researcher Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, as a keynote. New Plastics Waste Research This week, the journal Science published a new study from Dr. Chelsea Rochman’s team that shows that plastics waste is…

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It’s easy to take buildings for granted, but the structures we occupy every day actually have tremendous implications for climate change, waste management and the circular economy. An Urban Planet Currently, more than half of the human population lives in cities, and this is expected to reach 68% by 2050 – and this rapid growth…

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If you’re looking for a practical example of the circular economy in action, you need look no further than Vancouver-based ChopValue. Having achieved commercial success and “carbon negative” status, ChopValue is now boldly expanding across North America. Read on to find out how. Leading Circular Innovation, One Chopstick at a Time The Zero Waste Conference…

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