Join us at Hops & Grain on March 30th – 5:30 to 7:30pm – for our new monthly networking series, Sustaina-brews. This casual event will bring together sustainability, zero-waste and environmental professionals in the Austin-area to talk shop and create community.
Save the date for our next US BCSD meeting, "Expanding the Circle" in Columbus, Ohio in collaboration with the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) Program at The Ohio State University. Sessions will touch on a range of cutting edge topics, including:
Smart and Resilient Cities: Scaling Up Circularity
Human and Natural Systems in a Circular Economy
Cyclical and Resilient Supply Networks
Digital Platforms for Co-Creation of Value
Stay tuned for further updates and registration information as the date nears.
An Austin Materials Marketplace working meeting and workshop, showcasing the new Materials Marketplace software platform; and goals and focus areas for the program in 2017. For more information visit austinmaterialsmarketplace.org.
Making Markets, Moving Markets | January 11-12, 2017 at Duke University
Business leadership is using market mechanisms to help solve the biggest sustainability challenges - from carbon to water, circular economy, ecosystems and a range of other complex issues. These market solutions are moving the needle in the right direction, but continue to encounter challenges in:
SCALING UP ACTION AND IMPACT
DRIVING SHIFTS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS
IDENTIFYING & PASSING BARRIERS TO MARKET SOLUTIONS
Join the US BCSD; Duke Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment; and leading companies like Ingersoll Rand, General Motors, Monsanto and Fairmount Santrol on January 11-12, 2017 at Duke University for hands-on work sessions on existing and emerging markets, and in identifying the priorities for new marketplace innovations.
Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program from the City of Austin, US BCSD and Impact Hub Austin to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises. Entrepreneurs work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start their new venture.
This year's event starts on October 11th. For more information, visit:
Let’s make the phrase one person’s trash is another’s treasure a reality! This event will explore how the California manufacturing community can develop opportunities for material reuse. California generates over 11% of total manufacturing output in the entire United States and can create tremendous financial and environmental gain by designing a regenerative industrial system and moving towards a sustainable economy that decouples economic growth from natural resource consumption and environmental degradation.
This event is focused on engaging the California sustainability, waste management, manufacturing, and entrepreneurial community to develop relationships and create actionable solutions to industrial by-products or otherwise underutilized materials. The half day workshop will include an introduction to the US Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Material Marketplace, a panel discussion featuring materials and sustainability experts, and breakout sessions to propose solutions for reuse opportunities in California’s manufacturing industry. Due to the intimate format, the event will be limited to 50 participants. Please go to http://materialsmarketplace.org/tedxla for more information and to apply.
How can businesses help to create a more sustainable, circular economy? How can we reduce raw material use and encourage more sustainable materials management? What are the biggest obstacles to collaboration? Are there concrete actions we can take now to facilitate greater resource efficiency?
Participants will discuss these questions and learn about what steps their organizations can take to make a positive return to their bottom line and the planet!
- Educate and empower participants about material reuse opportunities
- Develop a network of local industry leaders working towards a circular economy
- Create a California marketplace for industrial materials
Friday December 2nd from 10-1pm in the Los Angeles region. More details will be shared individually with registered attendees.
Co-hosted by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and World Economic Forum
The US BCSD will be joining the U.S. EPA and the World Economic Forum’s Systems Initiative on Environment and Natural Resource Security for a roundtable discussion with key global public and private leaders to discuss tangible solutions and systemic changes that help institutionalize sustainable materials management and resource efficiency.
The roundtable builds on the seven critical needs areas for institutionalizing resource efficiency and life cycle thinking that were distilled from the discussions during the U.S. EPA’s Workshop on the Use of Life Cycle Concepts in the Supply Chain to Achieve Resource Efficiency, held March 22-23, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia, as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency.
US BCSD Executive Director Andy Mangan will be speaking at the 2nd Annual Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit, October 5-6 in New York, NY.
The summit, in partnership with Accenture Strategy, will convene innovative thinkers, practitioners and executives to address how businesses are embedding sustainability initiatives that are both good for business and good for society.
The conference will address critical issues in three important areas:
- Driving profitability through social and environmental goals
- Defining and measuring the business value of sustainable practices
- Transformative game-changers: trust, digital and new business models
Learn more about the event and see who else is involved at http://www.bna.com/sustainable-business-summit-2016/
Expert Group Meeting: Implementation of an Eco-Industrial Park Initiative for Sustainable Industrial Zones in Vietnam
US BCSD Executive Director Andy Mangan is one of 15 international experts traveling to Vietnam this September to discuss perspectives on the definition, standards, requirements, success stories and results of eco-industrial parks and industrial symbiosis from around the world.
We'd love for you to join us for our panel session at IUCN on Monday, September 5th, 7:30 to 9:30pm.
Coastal restoration is about playing offense to protect our natural capital. And there’s good news: restoration has been demonstrated to fix landscapes degraded by agricultural and industrial activity, storm surge and subsidence, and also deliver outsized environmental, social and economic benefits.
This session will engage participants in how to unlock the billion-dollar business case for landscape scale restoration using the power of private-public collaboration and a breakthrough model.
The built environment, including buildings and the spaces in and around them, is one of the most active sectors within Austin city limits. Our city is buzzing with builders, designers, building owners & tenants, and folks creating and maintaining outdoor spaces. We thought it’d be a good idea to get everyone together to talk materials and see what new matches we can uncover.
Think of this event as speed-dating for materials, with the goal of finding matches for your materials available and/or materials needs. We’ll have a handful of tables set up around the room, organized around key business functions and their associated materials.
Learn more at http://austinmaterialsmarketplace.org/events/
Daniel Kietzer, US BCSD and John Bradburn, GM will be speaking on the Materials Marketplace at GEMI's Summer Meeting on Resource Efficiency in St. Paul, MN. The meeting will examine tangible resource efficiency projects/examples from across industries, and explore steps sustainability leaders are taking to implement circular economy concepts in their businesses and create value. Learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gemi-summer-meeting-resource-efficiency-registration-25796784878