We live in a fast-changing world. With an exploding global middle class that that grew from 1 billion in 1985 to 5 billion by 2030, nothing will stay the same. The current economic model often referred to as a linear economy, relies on large scale global supply chains and is a once-through model of extraction, production, retail, usage and disposal.
While this model has been very successful in providing access to affordable goods to consumers, the commercial, environmental, social and political risks related to it are increasing rapidly. Meanwhile, it has left us with a bounty of opportunity as this model is inherently wasteful in meeting human needs. The alternative model that creates growth by capturing this latent value is referred to as a circular economy.
WEBINAR: The Rise of the Circular Economy
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET. All registrants will receive a recording of the live webinar.
Join us as we sit down with Tessa Vlaanderen, the founder of Circular Futures, a New York City-based consulting group and think tank, and Sue Ide, ISSP-SA, to learn about:
- What is a circular economy
- The power of the circular economy concept and how it relates to the ‘traditional’ sustainability field
- The paradigm shift: develop new ways to create value
- The importance of systems thinking and innovation in transitioning to a circular economy
- Circular economy initiatives in New York City
- The existing circular economy engine of the US: the remanufacturing industry
- Other inspiring examples
Tessa Vlaanderen is the founder of Circular Futures and co-founder of the Circular Economy Network.
She has supported a broad range of organizations in catalyzing and accelerating the growth of circular business. Gaining experience in The Netherlands, frontrunner in the generation of circular solutions, she worked with organizations including the Port of Rotterdam, waste management firm Van Gansewinkel (now Shanks Group), the Rabobank, multinational chemical firm DSM, regional economic development organizations, research institutions, and startups. In New York, she has been involved with circular initiatives in the built environment, product recovery, and digitization. She recently published the report “Accelerating Growth of the US Remanufacturing Industry,” arguing the US is and can remain a leader in the field of circular economy.
Prior to being a circular economy consultant, she worked in product R&D and commercialization, process and business improvement, emission reduction and operational excellence at Shell Global Commercial and Shell Downstream Manufacturing.
Tessa holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Process and Energy Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Delft University of Technology.
Sue (Yasuyo) Ide is an ISSP-SA. She is a Business process improvement professional specializing in organizational and cultural change based on LEAN Six Sigma and Sustainability Transformation methodologies.
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
ISSP credential holders will earn 0.5 CEUs for attending this webinar.
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