The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference takes place on November 1. This year’s theme is ‘A Circular Economy Within Reach.’ Important issues such as ocean plastics, textiles, business and innovation, and circular cities are on this year’s agenda, along with keynote addresses by scientist and retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and food waste pioneer Tristram Stuart. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
Transforming the Marketplace
In this highlight from the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, five business pioneers share their stories in a TEDx-style session and panel. From rethinking material inputs to scaling transformative business models, learn how the circular economy is transforming the marketplace – offering opportunities to eliminate waste while enhancing competitiveness. What innovations are redefining our relationship with stuff – delivering goods and services in new and innovative ways without the waste embedded in current production and consumption patterns? What is driving businesses to innovate? How do we support innovation in the marketplace? Learn what steps they are taking to answer these challenging questions.
- (1:00) How do manufacturers ‘close the loop’ on consumer goods to achieve a truly circular economy?
- (6:45) How can Lego use it influence to change the behaviour of other toymakers and Lego’s suppliers?
- (10:30) What do companies need from government to affect the market dynamics of zero waste efforts?
- (16:30) Why are ‘green’ products so expensive?
- (19:20) Does the belief that technology is the solution to waste end up reinforcing consumer apathy?
- (24:20) What is the one piece of advice the panellists would offer to young entrepreneurs seeking opportunities with a zero waste approach?
The shift to zero waste and circular economy principles will have impacts in all aspect of our lives. To succeed in the face of this massive, fast-approaching change, you need to stay informed. Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is the place to get the insights you can use to adapt. This year’s theme is A Circular Economy Within Reach. The conference will be held on November 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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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.
“The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of energy and food is climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan to take us into the future.”
– Jeremy Rifkin
According to #ZWC2014 keynote Jeremy Rifkin, humanity is approaching a crossroads: will we succumb to the ecological and economic doom we have ourselves created, or will we thrive, having embraced the transformative technological and philosophical opportunities now available?