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Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

The Tishman Environment and Design Center and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) invite you to join us at Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to a Circular Economy conference and research collaborative. You will be part of a discussion with a global audience of innovative and creative eco-minded collaborators including practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists.

As the world’s population increasingly urbanizes and the climate crisis worsens, the global economy risks breaching planetary boundaries with potentially catastrophic consequences if we continue to produce and consume at levels set by western standards.

Frontline communities and workers in waste, manufacturing and distribution face disproportionate impacts from environmental degradation and extractive and exploitative industry practices. The conference will focus on how issues of production, consumption and waste impact environmental justice communities, workers and vulnerable populations.

By advancing a circular economy, we can reduce often-overlooked sources of significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as those from the supply chain of the manufacturing sector. Reducing consumer and industrial waste will be instrumental in lowering national GHG emissions and could help state and local governments meet emission targets set by the Paris Climate Accords.

The goal of the conference is to bring together experts from around the world and a variety of fields to share and showcase innovative designs, advocacy campaigns and scholarly research across this often siloed field. Designers, architects, business representatives and activists will come together to discuss the diverse parts of a circular economy. We will create a Circular Economy Action Plan and Research Collaborative for long-term partnerships and information sharing.

Featured Speakers:
Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA, activist, proponent of sustainability and critic of consumerism. Leonard has over two decades of experience investigating and explaining the environmental and social impacts of our stuff: where it comes from, how it gets to us, and where it goes after we get rid of it. Her film, The Story of Stuff, blossomed into The Story of Stuff Project, which works to empower people around the globe to fight for a more sustainable and just future.

Mathy Stanislaus, Senior Advisor on Accelerating Circular Economy Practices at the World Economic Forum. Previously, Dr. Stanislaus served as Assistant Administrator in the USEPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, where he led programs around revitalizing communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Presented by The Tishman Environment and Design Center and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives).

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