Zero Waste Conference Opening and Closing KeynotesZero Waste Conference Opening and Closing Keynotes<div class="ExternalClass290901D289E24A36A7DBE269C9801997"><p>Metro Vancouver is proud to host two unique keynote speakers at the Zero Waste Conference.</p><p> <strong>Opening keynote William McDonough's vision for an abundant, healthy world</strong></p><p>Renowned as an architect, advisor, designer, and author, William McDonough is widely considered one of the world's leading thinkers on the topic of sustainability. McDonough's sustainable architectural design work includes </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>NASA's Sustainability Base</li><li>Ford Rouge truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan</li><li>Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and </li><li>LEED Platinum Hero Motorcycles 'garden' factory in India.</li></ul><p>McDonough is in high demand to help governments and industry improve their environmental performance. His participation in the 2015 Zero Waste Conference promises to inspire and educate. </p><p>Realize the potential for a truly circular economy and a thriving planet. <strong> </strong>Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear William McDonough speak about his vision for an abundant, healthy world.</p><p> <strong>Closing keynote </strong><strong>Stefan Sjöstrand, president of IKEA Canada, Thinking Big Box: One Corporation's Crusade against waste. </strong></p><p> Ready to assemble your own action plan? Our closing keynote promises to deliver tools and ideas to get you inspired. No allen key required.</p><p>IKEA's <a href="http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_CA/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/index.html" target="_blank"><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;">People & Planet Positive initiative</span></a> is a strategy backed by concrete action, employee support, supplier partnerships, and customer buy-in. The Swedish furniture and housewares giant is setting its sights on substantive change throughout its business. Some of IKEA's examples: </p><ul><li>a goal of producing more energy than it consumes worldwide by 2020</li><li>more than three quarters of the cotton used in its goods come from sustainable sources</li><li>first retailer in Canada to completely phase out the incandescent bulb and convert all light sources to LED</li><li>installed more than 700,000 solar panels on its buildings</li><li>committed to owning and operating 224 wind turbines</li><li>providing electric vehicle charging stations at all 12 of its Canadian stores</li><li>requires suppliers to abide by their IWAY Forestry standard; with its ban on wood that has been illegally harvested from sources involved in forest-related social conflicts, or from High Conservation Value Forests. </li><li>seafood sold and served in its stores comes from sustainable and responsible sources, certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)</li></ul><p>IKEA is using that wide-ranging influence to shape a more sustainable world. The 2015 Zero Waste conference is a unique opportunity to find out how they're doing it; to take the lessons they've learned to chart your organization's path to success in the circular economy.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/keynotes.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="ExternalClass7255A4F7EFB34D8C9B5D0CAB6A80029F"><p>​This is your chance to hear from two unique keynote speakers: William McDonough, architect, designer, and author, and cofounder of the <a href="http://www.c2ccertified.org/" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute</span></a>, and Stefan Sjöstrand, president of IKEA Canada on<strong> </strong>IKEA's <a href="http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_CA/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/index.html" target="_blank"><span lang="EN">People & Planet Positive initiative</span></a>.</p></div>0