2014 Zero Waste Conference 2014 Zero Waste Conference <div class="ExternalClass68AEAE808FC34618B8E94F078B7B09F4"> <p>How we deal with our waste is changing, and businesses, governments and communities are learning how to thrive in a rapidly changing, resource-constrained world. The annual Zero Waste Conference explores issues and ideas about new product and systems design, new materials, and new business models that are keeping pace with a new economic landscape that is more circular than linear.</p> <p>This approach is often called ‘cradle-to-cradle’ design and moves away from current single-use design to encourage the development of products designed to be made into something else or completely recycled upon completion of their original use.</p> <p>Keynote speakers for the 2014 conference were:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.foet.org/JeremyRifkin.htm" target="_blank">Jeremy Rifkin</a>, a famed futurist, popular TED Talks speaker, and the bestselling author of twenty books on the impact of science and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society, and the environment.</li> <li>Tim Brooks, Senior Director, <a href="http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/sustainability/environment" target="_blank">Environmental Sustainability, Lego</a>.</li> <li>Markus Laubscher, Program Manager, Circular Economy, <a href="http://www.philips.com/about/sustainability/groupstrategicfocus/index.page" target="_blank">Philips Group Sustainability</a>.</li></ul> <p>The speakers provided insight and ideas into how we can make fundamental shifts towards a circular economy, including sharing goods like vehicles and tools rather than individual ownership, and what drives companies to adopt this new economic model.</p> <p>Conference attendees were from all sectors: business, government, non-profit, and academic. Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore noted that it is by working together on these solutions and transformations that we will make the necessary shifts from our current linear to a circular economy.</p> <p>The conference concluded with a question to participants:</p> <p><strong>What is the most important issue you would like to see continued discussion and engagement on?</strong></p> <img width="552" height="332" src="/MetroUpdate/Img/zwc-survey.png" alt="ZWC 2014 survey" style="width:552px;height:332px;" /> <p>Throughout the coming year, we will be identifying and providing learning and engagement opportunities that respond to these areas of interest – follow the<a href="http://zwcblog.org/" target="_blank"> conference blog</a> to learn more. </p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/zwc2014-presentations.jpg2014-09-01T07:00:00ZGP0|#a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4;L0|#0a034b42c-1781-40ae-b748-435ae38ef7b4|Issue 1;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass13F65ED168FF4FDFBC64A1C1A40649D8"> <p>Metro Vancouver hosted its fourth annual <a target="_blank" href="/zwc/Pages/default.aspx">Zero Waste Conference</a>. Over 500 people attended our annual conference that features experts and pioneers in the zero waste movement from Canada and abroad. This year’s conference was held on September 16 at Vancouver’s Trade and Convention Centre.</p> <p>This year we focused on three themes: Innovation in Design, Transformation in Business, Collaboration for Systems Change. A special session on advancing waste prevention nationally provided an update on Canada’s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx">National Zero Waste Council</a>.</p></div>