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Circular Economy Workshop

 Export to Your Calendar 10/9/2017
When: Monday, October 9, 2017
Where: United States

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This event will provide a comprehensive introduction to the circular economy movement and its potential to reinvent West Michigan industry.  Featuring a livestream with Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the workshop will feature local and national leaders indesign and manufacturing that will outline a path for purposeful decisions and collaboration.


A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing,and narrowing material and energy loops.  Popularized by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the concept is rapidly emerging as one of the most important trends in design, manufacturing and sustainability.

Keynote speakers include Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at The Ellen MacArthur Foundation. author of The Circular Economy: A Wealth ofFlows, and Nathan Shedroff, Associate Professor, Industrial Design at California College of the Arts.

Networking reception will follow the program.

A Wealth of Flows: A Circular Economy Workshop for Leaders of Design, Manufacturing and Sustainability

Monday, October 9
11:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
50 Front Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Presented by Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership and West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum with additional support fromGrand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art & Design, and other partners.
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Draft Agenda
11:30 am Registration and Networking
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:40 pm Keynote: Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
1:30 pm Break
1:40 pm Keynote:  Nathan Shedroff, Associate Professor, Industrial Design at California College of the Arts
2:20 pm Break
2:30 pm Introduction to Industrial Ecology:  Clinton Boyd, PhD, Principal Scientist – Green Chemistry & Sustainability, Steelcase
3:00 pm Panel Discussion
3:55 pm Closing Remarks
4:00 pm Reception
4:45 pm Adjourn


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