September 16, 2014 | Vancouver Convention Centre
Metro Vancouver
Shifting dialogue and action on waste prevention and reduction
Transform – Innovate – Collaborate
News: The 2014 Zero Waste Conference was a success! Check back for conference highlights.


Zero Waste Conference 2014 videos now available.

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His recent books include The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (April 2014) and New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution (2011). In his keynote address he poses the question: will we succumb to the ecological and economic doom we have ourselves created, or will we thrive, having embraced the transformative technological and philosophical opportunities now available?

You can see the rest of ZWC 2014 presentations here.

Over 500 people attended Metro Vancouver's fourth annual Zero Waste Conference. Audience members heard from, and engaged with, global business, government and community sector leaders who are tackling waste prevention and reduction. From how we design to how we manufacture, supply, trade, use and consume products, including the economic landscape in which all this production of goods and packaging takes place, speakers presented best practices, suggestions for strategic collaborations, and more.

The conference concluded with a question to participants:

What is the most important issue you would like to see continued discussion and engagement on?

ZWC 2014 survey

Throughout the coming year, we will be identifying and providing learning and engagement opportunities that respond to these areas of interest – follow the conference blog to learn more.

Please take a few moments to respond to the conference survey. Your feedback is appreciated as we prepare for next years’ conference.

Author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, LEGO
Program Manager, Circular Economy, Philips
Metro Vancouver is pleased to invite you to its fourth annual
Zero Waste Conference

Businesses, governments and communities are stepping up and learning how to thrive in a rapidly changing, resource-constrained world. On September 16, join leaders, emerging innovators and practitioners as we explore new product and systems design, new materials, and new business models that are keeping pace with a new economic landscape – a landscape that is more circular than linear.

  • Engage with a global network of thought leaders, practitioners, and sector leaders advancing dialogue and collaborative action on waste prevention and reduction.
  • Learn about the circular economy, and the resulting business opportunities.
  • Hear about leading edge - and replicable - successes in the public, private and community sector.
  • Participate in opportunities to advance national, cross-sector, collaboration.
National Zero Waste Council AGM

Canada’s National Zero Waste Council will host its first Annual General Meeting at Metro Vancouver’s Head Office, 4330 Kingsway Avenue, Burnaby, BC on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 from 8:00 am – 9:30 am (PST) (breakfast and registration from 7:30 am). All Council Members and Supporters are invited to attend the 2014 AGM. Interested in advancing national efforts to address waste prevention and reduction? Become a National Zero Waste Council Member or Supporter.