A global change is underway. The circular economy is accelerating. Bringing new ways of doing business. Bold visions of systems change. Compelling arguments for a global transformation. Is your organization ready? The 2018 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference can help you find the right path forward.
Making connections and advancing our thinking is one of the keys to progress. Futurist Gerd Leonhard is connecting the dots to our data-driven future – championing the benefits and highlighting the risks, saying, “Humans will change more in the next 20 years than they have in the last 300.”
How will those changes be reflected, precipitated, even mandated by the shift to a circular economy? Join us on Nov 8 – 9 as this renowned thinker and futurist shares his compelling perspective.
7TH annual event delivers inspiring speakers, real world solutions, and hope for a future without waste.
Two thought-provoking keynote speakers. A full day of entertaining presentations, and compelling real world solutions. Inspiring talks, insights about the circular economy, and innovative waste prevention efforts solidified the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference’s reputation as a must-attend event. The theme this year was ‘A Circular Economy Within Reach’. Throughout the day speakers and panelists showcased innovative solutions supporting this confident claim. But the event began with a viewpoint that was literally out of this world.
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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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, Kerr outlines the current environment for electronics product recycling and reuse, highlighting the opportunities, stumbling blocks, and factors impacting repair and reuse of the ubiquitous electronic devices that can be found in throughout society.
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.
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.
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.