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

#ZWC 2016 Conference Social Media Guide

Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore and Scott Hamlin of Looptworks were interviewed on Roundhouse Radio this week. Hear what they had to say about the conference, zero waste, and the circular economy.

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Looking to share your Zero Waste Conference experience via Twitter? Remember to use the event hashtag #ZWC2016. Want to highlight a conference participant in your social media posts? Here are Twitter handles for the organizations, speakers, and panellists participating this year’s event:

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ZWC 2016 Keynote Speakers Offer Visions of Tomorrow and Solutions for Today

Neri OxmanMetro 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.

oxman-carpal-skinThe 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’

 

owenzachariasseOwen 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.

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-2-58-17-pmPark 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.

Industry Experts Featured at ZWC 2016

Activists and academics. Government officials. Small-scale innovators and start-ups. Exactly the kind of delegates you might expect at a conference dedicated to changing the way we think about and deal with waste. At the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, these attendees will also be rubbing shoulders with executives of national and international companies embracing the circular economy and zero waste. This diversity fosters cross-pollination of ideas, understanding of waste reduction from multiple perspectives, and of course, has great opportunities for networking. 

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