Circular Economy and Sustainable Marketplace

The Circular Economy Working Group seeks to emulate nature by closing the loop of resource use and recycling, where nothing is wasted and everything serves a purpose!   

Join us for our Circular Economy Working Group meetings which are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month.  The DC Circular Economy Working Group meets under Leaders in Energy and consists of individuals in the public, private, governmental, and non-profit sector who are interested in learning about circular economy issues and in creating a more circular economy in the DMV Region.

We welcome you to join our Google Group to share resources and articles and build the CE community here in the DMV. You can sign up for that here: 
You can RSVP here for our monthly Working Group meetings and join the Circular Economy Google Group to be notified of the location and receive other updates for this group’s activities. 
Lara Ilao serves as the Chair and Gaby Seltzer serves as the Vice-Chair for our Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG).    Learn more about them on our About Our Team page.

January 27, 2021 Meeting:

Our Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG) reconvened on Wednesday, January 27th, from 6-8 pm. Stephanie Miller, founder of Zero Waste in DC, which provides consultations to individual households on reducing waste and talks for organizations committed to a sustainable future, discussed her recently published book Zero Waste Living The 80/20 Way. Topics include zero waste and sustainable tips and strategies and how focusing on those things (the 20%) which make the biggest (80%) difference with the goal of reaching as wide an audience as possible to effect real impact. Previously, she held a 25-year career at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where she served as Director of IFC’s Climate Business Department and led global teams to find innovative solutions to climate change.

Articles on Our Past Circular Economy Activities:

“Is the Building World Ready for the Circular Economy,” by Joel Oronato, Architect and Engineer, Hickok Cole and Circular Economy Group Member  — Presentation at Circular Economy Happy Hour meeting on September 9. 2020 and accompanying article.

Working Circular: Incorporating Circular Economy Principles at Work (June 24, 2020) including

Recap article by Jess Parker

Link to recorded program

Transforming Waste into Energy for the Circular Economy – Canada- USA Event (at the Canadian Embassy on October 25, 2018), by Dina Mansour

Circular Economy Working Tour of C2 Management Facility, September 22, 2018, by Michelle Minstrell

Sunshine in a Glass — Sustainable Vineyard Tour, September 22, 2018, by Elvin Yuzugullu

Steps Toward Action in the Circular Economy, Circular Economy Workshop at the University of the District of Columbia, September 29, 2017;

Entrepreneurial Solutions for Sustainable Facilities in the Circular Economy, held in Crystal City, May 24, 2016; and

Sustainable Manufacturing Workshop & Tour Was a Hit with Attendees,  Alexandria Renewable Enterprise in Alexandria, Virginia, May 19, 2015