July 18-19, 2017
Expanding the Circle
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
Cities play a key role in scaling up the circular economy. This theme will explore how connectivity, emerging networks, innovation and designing for resilience are shaping the city landscape of the present and future.
From process to planet, sustainable and resilient solutions must take into account the complex nexus of linkages among materials, food, energy, water, land and other resources. This theme will introduce cutting edge research on this nexus, and projects creating new mechanisms to address the challenge.
The shift to a circular economy is stimulating companies to transition from traditional linear supply chains to more complex cyclical or closed-loop supply networks. This theme will present case studies from several industries, and will explore how companies can simultaneously improve both their sustainability performance and their resilience to unforeseen disruptions.
Technology is a key enabler for new market mechanisms necessary to drive and scale the circular economy. This theme will explore the role of new digital platforms in the circular economy, and how they're driving value for businesses, governments and NGOs around the US.
Speakers during the two-day conference will include Nabil Nasr, Rochester Institute of Technology and REMADE Institute; Jeff Wooster, Dow Chemical; Elena Irwin, Sustainable and Resilient Economy Program at The Ohio State University; ECOS; Alan Hecht, US Environmental Protection Agency; Bhavik Bakshi, The Ohio State University; Veolia; Mathy Stanislaus, World Economic Forum; and others.
US BCSD members include:
For any questions or concerns, please contact Daniel Kietzer at the US BCSD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.981.5417.