From Oceans to Cities, ZWC 2017 Offers Invaluable Circular Economy Insights

The impact of plastic on our oceans is one of the key topics at ZWC 2017

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.

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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

ZWC 2016 The Built environment_Josh Taron from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

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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#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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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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ZWC2016 Built Environment Session Promises Unique Perspectives

IRBC Evening Keynote – Bing Thom from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

With the unexpected passing of Bing Thom in October, the Canadian architecture and planning community suffered a huge loss. Thom’s contributions to his field had a global impact and Bing will be greatly missed. We were especially looking forward to his insights and perspectives, as a moderator for the 2016 Zero Waste Conference session ‘The Built Environment.’

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ZWC 2016 Educates with Innovation, Inspiration, and Marketplace Success

Big Ideas. Groundbreaking innovations. Cutting-edge solutions. Metro Vancouver’s annual Zero Waste Conference has gained a reputation for delivering invaluable perspectives on all three. The one-day conference’s well-deserved reputation for impacting policies and practices is due in large part to its track record of showcasing real world successes in the shift towards the circular economy and a zero waste world. This year’s edition promises to continue that tradition.

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