USGBC Middle Atlantic and New England Region: Promoting a Circular Economy, October 13, 10:30 am EDT

  • 13 October 2021
  • Start time : 10:30 AM
  • End time : 12:00 PM
  • Event Host : USGBC Mid Atlantic and New England Region
USGBC, circular economy, business development, finance, new england, mid atlantic region
Event Description

Join the Mid-Atlantic and New England (MANE) region of USGBC for a virtual, interactive session on how the promoting a circular economy within our region will promote a better standard of living for all.

In its second generation, the USGBC is guided by our four pillars: sustainability, resiliency, health, and equity. We remain committed to a sustainable and equitable world. Now more than ever it is important that we examine our programming through each lens of our guiding pillars. The road map forward must ensure a more sustainable, resilient, and healthier world for all.

As part of this continuing engagement, the Mid-Atlantic and New England (MANE) region is hosting a series of thought leadership panels in 2021 to draw attention to issues surrounding each of these pillars. These events will feature leaders from within our communities to discuss the topic at hand, analyze the challenges and offer strategies and pathways to address them.

In 2019, the Allan-McArthur Foundation stated that the circular economy could generate over $1 trillion of annual savings globally by 2025. We can keep our current methods of continuous improvement, while at the same time pushing out in all directions. Our existing tools and strategies need to be rethought, rebuilt, re-engineered, re-envisioned, re-calibrated and remade to promote a completely new way of thinking about what resource usage means to all humankind in the 21st century. The potential benefits of shifting to a circular economy extend beyond the economy and into the natural environment. By designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating rather than degrading natural systems, the circular economy represents a powerful contribution to achieving global climate targets.

Join us as we examine how businesses would benefit significantly by shifting to a mindset in line with the principles of the circular economy.

These benefits include the creation of new profit opportunities, reduced costs due to lower virgin-material requirements, and stronger relationships with customers and impact the communities and how we live, work and play in our communities.

CEUs: Approved for 1.5 GBCI CE and 1.5 AIA LU. Attendees are also welcome to self-report this session to their accrediting body for continuing education.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe trends promoting a circular economy and discover how to devise a clear roadmap to reach deep green sustainability outcomes using a Circular Economy framework
  2. Identify examples of project teams who select sustainable building products and materials throughout the whole life cycle
  3. Identify opportunities for collaboration to scale and accelerate sustainability measures for material selection and accountability
  4. Understand how LEED v4.1 credits advance circularity goals

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • USGBC Mid Atlantic and New England Region
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Jane Abernethy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Humanscale
      Ron Gonen, Founder and CEO, Closed Loop Partners
      Celeste McMickle, Director of Client Solutions, TRUE Zero Waste certification, USGBC (Moderator)
      Peter Templeton, President and CEO, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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