We’re just days away from the 8th annual Zero Waste Conference. Registration is filling up and anticipation is mounting for this year’s event, which promises a thought-provoking mix of theory, action, and inspiration. One of the highlights of this year’s event is an amazing line-up of speakers and panelists throughout the day and a half event. Here is a preview of some of the people and ideas you can expect. Continue reading
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.
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.
A panel discusses how rethinking design and manufacturing systems can shift the linear economy to a circular or cradle-to-cradle model. From dealing with disposable diapers to building a better framework for do-it-yourself projects, this wide-ranging conversation explores the ways business goals and sustainability principles can work together to deliver new opportunities within a zero waste world. The panel discussion was moderated by Bridgett Luther, President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain management, and research and development, Sandy Rodger’s background leaves him well-placed to provide leadership and guidance in the shift to a zero-waste approach to the economy. His current position, as the lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Project Mainstream sees Rodger collaborating with the management consulting firm McKinsey and the World Economic Forum – to facilitate a shift in the flow of major industrial raw materials, as a means of fostering progress toward a circular economy. In his presentation to the Zero Waste Conference Sandy focuses on Project Mainstream; to highlight the massive opportunities to be found in the switch to a circular economy.