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"Value chains can only last if they will be based on reuse and circularity. Chains based on mining waste will lose their value and eventually become obsolete, so investors understand this. I think this is hopefully just the start of moving the circular economy forward." Tony Fadell, Principal of Future Shape and the founder and former CEO of Nest Labs. (August 2022)

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Building the Circular Economy:
Creating Sustainable Communities and Advancing Change

Key Speakers

Jeff Wooster, Former Global Sustainability Director at The Dow Chemical Company
Bill Wescott, Senior Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness; Managing Partner at BrainOxygen,LLC
Maia Corbitt, Director of Mission Giving at Garver, Black, Hilyard Family Foundation; President of Texans for Clean Water
Kelley Dennings, Population and Sustainability Campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity
Pramod Sharma, Senior Director of Education at Foundation for Environmental Education

This event was held on Wednesday, October 25th 2023.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) states that only 7.2% of used materials are cycled back into our economies after they are used. (UNDP) Additionally, within the past two decades material consumption has risen over 65% around the world, reaching 95.1 billion metric tons in 2019. Consequently, the environment suffers, contributing negatively to climate change, adding pollution and decreasing the biodiversity. “By the same year, an estimated 13 percent of the food destined for human consumption was lost after harvesting and another 17 percent was wasted at the household, food service and retail levels. The amount of electronic waste reached 7.3 kilograms per capita in 2019, and the majority is not managed in a sound way, harming the environment and our health.” (Climate Promise, UNDP) For this reason, the United Nations believes that expanding a Circular Economy would help create more sustainable communities and societies. Circular activities, which support a circular economy, are things like maintaining materials and products through sustainable processes such as reusing, refurbishment, recycling, composting, and remanufacturing. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) The International Labour Organization (ILO) states that “if the world implemented more circular activities such as recycling, repair, rent, and remanufacture, it would create 6 million jobs globally by 2030.” (International Labour Organization)

Across the united States, some cities have adopted Circular Economy measures with the goal of creating a resilient community. San Francisco passed a legislation in 2018 dictating that all carpets installed within city departments “would be at least Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver and must not contain antimicrobials, fluorinated compounds, flame retardant chemicals, or other chemicals of concern.” The purpose of this action was to reduce discarded carpet amounts that get sent to landfills, which is over 80% within the United States, and ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the San Francisco City departments. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) In a White House communique, the United States government says that “circular economy innovations can contribute not only to decarbonization and net-zero goals, but also to economic growth and jobs, environmental justice, ending pollution, supply chain security, and other important priorities for America.” (The White House) The current Biden-Harris Administration wants to accelerate innovative ideas to achieve a net-zero goal, as part of their Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative. In November of 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the National Recycling Strategy, which outlines details a framework for building a circular economy within the United States context. Recently this year, in April of 2023, the EPA released the Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution with the intention of helping the government develop action plans to help reduce food waste in various communities across the country.

Adopting Circular Economy measures and activities comes with its fair share of trials and challenges. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) lays out five main categories of gaps in moving forward with this model, namely: financial, regulatory, policy, awareness, and capacity. (OECD) In the context of the United States, the government has stated that it wants to achieve a goal of cutting total food waste in half by 2030. Circular Economy experts from New York, Erinn G. Ryen and Callie W. Babbitt explain that “the U.S. lacks federal regulations that directly align with this goal, relying instead on voluntary standards and initiatives led by firms, communities, and non-profits.” (E. Ryen & C. Babbitt) One of the main gaps claimed here is the lack of federal policies being released to promote these sustainable activities. How can U.S. policy support local communities to initiate Circular Economy regulations that will help boost livelihood and sustainability measures?

This symposium will provide local government officials, policymakers, and other key stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the state of current sustainability measures and how Circular Economy measures can adequately address issues of waste and protect societies from the negative effects of climate change.


  • Develop a better understanding of what the circular economy entails and how it fits into the American way of living to create sustainable opportunities.
  • Assess what changes are needed in recycling practices on a local and national level to reduce the amount of waste caused by mass consumption.
  • Examine the progress that the National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System has had thus far in reducing pollution and promoting effective and safe recycling mechanisms.
  • Explore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food and waste and discuss how positive changes in food management behaviors can be continued beyond the pandemic.
  • Establish new ways to educate people regarding proper recycling mechanisms and how to prevent local food and plastic waste.
  • Analyze approaches taken by other countries to combat food waste and promote proper recycling habits to achieve net-zero emissions.
  • Detail alternative Circular Economy activities that will boost community and society livelihoods, creating more labor opportunities.
  • Evauluate innovative technologies and strategies to improve circular economy initiatives.

Who Should Attend?

  • Heads of Sustainability
  • Food Waste Prevention Officers
  • Heads of Waste Management
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Housing Authorities
  • Reuse Organizations
  • Reuse Groups
  • Reuse Partners
  • Waste Partnership Sector Professionals
  • Waste Collection Organizations
  • Waste Companies
  • Waste Contractors
  • Waste Services Professionals
  • Waste Managers /Officers
  • Retail Consortiums
  • Household Waste and Recycling Centers
  • Furniture Reuse Sector Professionals
  • Furniture Restoration and Domestic Appliance Repairs Organizations
  • Environmental Sector Professionals
  • Online Re-use Networks
  • Community Recycling Professionals
  • Trade Associations
  • Voluntary and Community Organizations 
  • Social Enterprises
  • Relevant Private Sector Professionals
  • Private Energy Sector Professionals
  • Energy Efficiency Professionals 
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Food Industry Professionals
  • Food Safety Professionals
  • Food Hygiene Professionals
  • Inspection Officers
  • Public Analysts
  • Trading Standard Officers
  • Food Business Operators
  • Community Development Teams
  • Community Involvement Officers
  • Community Engagement Officers
  • Central Government Departments and Agencies
  • Third Sector Professionals
  • Academics and Researchers
  • School Teachers
  • Community Leaders
  • Sustainable Fashion Professionals
This event was held on Wednesday, October 25th 2023.

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