Announcing Metro Vancouver’s 5th Annual Zero Waste Conference, Thursday, October 29, 2015Announcing Metro Vancouver’s 5th Annual Zero Waste Conference, Thursday, October 29, 2015<div class="ExternalClass0AA787221EFA4315A72C93C371461D7B"><p>Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference has grown in strength and numbers year to year as word gets out that Metro Vancouver is serious about tackling waste reduction locally and nationally. Join hundreds of attendees from varied backgrounds; waste specialists, NGOs, keen residents, business operators, restaurateurs, educators and more. Get motivated, and get more information on where we are heading as a region, and a country, on waste reduction. </p><p>This year's theme is 'A Future Without Waste: Redefining Value, Building the Circular Economy.' Expect to discover an approach that is more than recycling, and more than careful purchasing. We are looking at supply chains, product design, and new technologies. To borrow from our keynote speaker's book <em>Cradle to Cradle</em>, it's about <em>'remaking the way we make things'</em>.</p><p>The 2015 edition of the Zero Waste Conference boasts yet another stellar list of speakers and panelists including opening keynote speaker William McDonough. Renowned for his ground-breaking work on zero waste principles. McDonough, along with Dr. Michael Braungart, is a cofounder of the <a href="http://www.c2ccertified.org/" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute</a>, and the co-author of <a href="http://www.mcdonough.com/speaking-writing/cradle-to-cradle/#.VNPKe2TF-lk" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things</a> and <a href="http://www.mcdonough.com/speaking-writing/the-upcycle/#.VNPKpWTF-lk" target="_blank">The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance</a>.</p><p>Closing keynote Stefan Sjöstrand, President of IKEA Canada, a global leader in sustainable business, will explain how their People & Planet Positive strategy is backed by concrete action, employee support, supplier partnerships, and customer buy-in. No allen key required!</p><p>Just some of the additional speakers include:</p><ul><li>Tristram Stuart, Founder of the organization <a href="http://feedbackglobal.org/" target="_blank">Feedback</a>, with <a href="http://feedbackglobal.org/get-involved/" target="_blank">awareness campaigns</a> such as Stop Dumping, The Pig Idea, and The Gleaning Network. One of the organization's signature events is <em>Feeding the 5000</em>, where rescued food is gathered before it leaves the supermarket, and transformed into thousands of free lunches. Metro Vancouver participated in <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/4406825540001" target="_blank">Vancouver's first <em>Feeding the 5000 event</em></a> in spring 2015. Tristram did a great TED talk, now catch his live SPARK talk. Learn about food waste in the supply chain, how to start tackling it, and how to raise awareness, take action, and run a successful campaign.</li><li>Wayne Davis, Co-Founder and Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Harvest Power, Inc. What do Metro Vancouver and Disney World have in common? Both have Harvest Power Energy Gardens – facilities where local organic waste is churned into energy and compost instead of heading into the landfill. All those food scraps you've been recycling? Find out where they go.</li><li>Iain Gulland, CEO, Zero Waste Scotland - By highlighting the economic benefits of a circular economy, Zero Waste Scotland gathered support from government, industry, and the public for their waste reduction efforts. Recently, the organization released a report quantifying the positive impact a circular economy approach could also have on Scotland's carbon emissions. It shows how the parallel efforts of GHG emission reductions and adoption of a circular economy are mutually supportive. Iain will share their strategies and successes, during the special session 'Eurovision: How EU States Enable Circular Economies.'</li><li>Elisabeth Comere, Director, Environment & Government Affairs, Tetra Pak US and Canada - Is there a business case for zero waste? Tetra Pak, one of the world's largest suppliers of recyclable food packaging thinks so. Elisabeth Comere, will bring valuable insights from a company with sustainability as a guiding principle and ambitious goals for their supply chain.</li></ul><p>Find <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">program details here</a>, <a href="http://bcove.me/gx9ih20l" target="_blank">conference video</a> and register today for <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference</a>.</p><p>Thursday, October 29, 2015, Vancouver Convention Centre East</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue12-zwc.jpg2015-09-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#d4dd73f1-fbe7-492c-8314-7ee9fb4f0386;L0|#0d4dd73f1-fbe7-492c-8314-7ee9fb4f0386|Issue 13;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassB34C905D712D4FFEA1B4A166C920B91E"><p>​Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference has grown in strength and numbers year to year as word gets out that Metro Vancouver is serious about tackling waste reduction locally and nationally. Get motivated, and get more information on where we are heading as a region, and a country, on waste reduction. Join us in <em>'remaking the way we make things'</em>.</p></div>0