United States Business Council for Sustainable Development

Join us on July 18-19, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University for Expanding the Circle. Through an exciting mix of plenary sessions, workshops and breakout groups, this event will explore four key themes:

Smart and Resilient Cities: Scaling up Circularity

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.

Human and Natural Systems in a Circular Economy

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.

Cyclical and Resilient Supply Networks

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.

Digital Platforms for Co-creation of Value

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.

On the Agenda

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Featured Sessions

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.

Quick Overview

  • July 18 Start Time: 8:00am
  • July 19 End Time: 3:30pm
  • Format: discussion around each of the four sub-themes will be led by subject matter experts and leaders from industry and government.
  • Breakout Sessions: will follow these interactive plenary discussions, where you'll have the opportunity to work with other meeting attendees on actions.
  • An evening reception will wrap up day 1, starting at 5:30pm.

Who should Attend


This conference is designed to engage sustainability practitioners from across sectors, including business, academia, government and NGOs. All current and prospective US BCSD members and colleagues are encouraged to attend. Faculty, staff, businesses and organizations connected to The Ohio State University are also encouraged to join us. US BCSD meetings typically attract 100+ leading sustainability practitioners from around the US and world.

US BCSD members include:


How to Attend



Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

The Ohio State University

2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43221



Attendees can register for the conference using the options below.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Daniel Kietzer at the US BCSD at kietzer@usbcsd.org or 512.981.5417.