The Circular Economy: Creating the World We Want

The problems of climate change, contaminated air and water, and waste management have all been made worse by consumerism fed by a “take-make-waste” production model. How can improvements in quality of life and economic development be decoupled from the consumption of limited resources? The concepts of “circular economy” address this question by taking inspiration from nature as a regenerative system (renews, restores, and grows on its own) with no concept of waste. The circular economy provides us with a conceptual framework to design our production and consumption systems to focus on the value provided while moving towards “zero waste” as key outcome. Assets are designed to provide service that can be shared, reused, and renewed with as little material and energy lost as possible. This system is how many societies have functioned in the past and even the present (e.g., repairing and reusing goods so they can continue to provide value to users) and includes aspects of the sharing economy.

In this webinar, two international environmental experts demystify the concept of the circular economy to show how it directly addresses the major environmental challenges we face, ways to advance it through education, and how it can strengthen STEM teaching.

Pramod Kumar has over 17 years of experience working with environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development and has until recently been the Programme Director at the Centre for Environment Education in India. In his new position at FEE, he will be responsible for the overall programme development, administration, supervision, and evaluation of the three formal educational programmes (Eco-Schools, LEAF, and YRE). He will also directly supervise two International Programme Directors (LEAF and YRE) and a full-time Eco-Schools Programme Coordinator.

Bill Wescott is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in innovation and sustainable development, working with leading organizations on six continents and in four languages. In addition to being the founder and CEO of the BrainOxygen LLC consultancy, he has served as a leader of three Bay Area startups, co-founded and managed the Veolia Innovation Accelerator as Veolia’s Vice President of Innovation, and established the Latin American EHS consulting practice of Arthur D. Little, Inc. during his fifteen years there. Bill is a lifelong intra- and entrepreneur, and is a frequent speaker on technology and innovation.

 

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