Our third annual conference showcased efforts to work collaboratively at all levels to move from managing waste to eliminating it, and set the stage for a broad public conversation and call to action with the launch of Canada's National Zero Waste Council.
On October 16 Metro Vancouver is hosting its third annual Zero Waste Conference, which will feature the launch of Canada’s National Zero Waste Council. This year we are presenting a number of world-renowned speakers on topics ranging from the circular economy, to cradle-to-cradle design and international food waste campaigns. Our speakers will recount stories and host conversations on how to reduce or prevent waste at every stage of the supply chain, as sharing success stories and provocative conversation on how to transition to a world without waste is an important part of supporting a zero waste movement. With this in mind, I encourage people to begin their own conversations, and to share stories, right here, as part of this forum. What questions about zero waste do you believe are critical to answer? What innovations are required to support social change around solid waste? Who do you believe can take us towards zero waste – for example, are consumers the catalyst?
We look forward to reading your responses here – and to seeing you on October 16!
Greg MooreChair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
Metro Vancouver will have a video of the full conference available on-line several days after the conference.
Metro Vancouver did a study from 1999 showing that an individual’s recycling was most closely related to positive behaviour in water conservation and less so to positive behaviours in liquid waste prevention or reduced air emissions. But that study is very old now.
Metro Vancouver doesn’t track what schools around the world are doing. Locally, we know UBC and BCIT have their own collection and on-site composting facilities, but we don’t have details on them – one would have to contact those schools.
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2012 Zero Waste Conference Highlights
The National Zero Waste Council