Zero Waste Conference showcases Circular EconomyZero Waste Conference showcases Circular Economy<div class="ExternalClassE8DF0EDE08BE40B5A4C3E448DA73A8AC"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s 7<sup>th</sup> annual Zero Waste Conference began with a viewpoint that was literally out of this world and ended with a raft of insights and innovative waste prevention solutions that prove the circular economy is within reach.</p><p>Scientist and retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman delivered the <a href="https://vimeo.com/241956774" target="_blank"> opening keynote speech</a> at the conference -- which featured the theme <em>a Circular Economy Within Reach</em> -- sharing the unique perspective she gained during six months aboard the International Space Station. She emphasized the power of teams and collaboration throughout her talk, noting how sustainability goals on Earth reflect the zero waste innovations required to put humans on Mars.</p><p>“We need these technologies that you are developing for zero waste here on the planet. They are exactly applicable to what we need for space exploration,” she said. “And on the other side of that, what we’re doing for exploration is exactly applicable to what you are looking for here.”</p><p>Throughout the day, ZWC panelists shared expertise and experience in searching for solutions to <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/food/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> food waste</a>, <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/textiles/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> textiles recycling</a>, and <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/plastics/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> ocean plastic</a>. They highlighted <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/business/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> circular economy strategies driving business innovation</a> and influencing <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/circular-cities/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> urban design</a> and examined the various roles government, industry, and the public can play in driving change and demanding zero waste principles inform our daily lives. <a href="https://vimeo.com/241958686" target="_blank"> Question and answer sessions</a> gave the audience a chance to voice their own perspectives – highlighting concerns and issues impacting their work developing the circular economy.</p><p>Closing keynote Tristram Stuart’s <a href="https://vimeo.com/241975287" target="_blank"> presentation</a> echoed Cady Coleman’s call to expand our viewpoints and our mindsets – with a far-ranging presentation offering a unique perspective of the audience’s collective raison d’etre.</p><p>“We are in the business of up-cycling anger into joy, because the solution to all of those (food waste) problems are inspiring, positive, better ways of managing resources.”</p><p>Mark your calendars for the 2018 edition of the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, which will be expanded to a day and a half and will be held on November 8 and 9, 2018. </p><p> <strong>You can watch all the videos from this year’s conference, now available online – including keynote speakers, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions at: </strong> <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <strong> </strong><strong>http://www.zwc.ca/sessions/Pages/default.aspx</strong></a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue37-zwc.jpg2017-11-30T08:00:00ZGP0|#5c5e82e4-401f-43a6-8f66-b0acc99b3d56;L0|#05c5e82e4-401f-43a6-8f66-b0acc99b3d56|Issue 37;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass9E2DDF37E5924B58A4CEB33752155DFC"><p>​Metro Vancouver's 7<sup>th</sup> annual Zero Waste Conference began with a viewpoint that was literally out of this world and ended with a raft of insights and innovative waste prevention solutions that prove the circular economy is within reach.</p></div>0