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.
Note: While we are all engaging in physical distancing, it behooves us to continue the work of building the circular economy here in the DC region. As we move towards healing, rebuilding and recovering from this crisis it is critical that we do so in a way that embraces circular economic principles, replenishing natural systems and human communities, while implementing innovative strategies to solve climate change.
You are also welcome you to join our GoogleGroup to share resources and articles and build the CE community here in the DMV. You can sign up for that here: https://groups.google.
RSVP below for our meetings.
We had a brief hiatus in our meetings over the summer.
Our upcoming Circular Economy Working Group meetings are planned for the following dates:
–Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6-8 pm ET;
–Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6-8 pm ET; and
–Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6-8 pm
–AGENDA for September 29, 2021 meeting
Julia Wakeling recently came to Washington DC to earn a graduate degree in business sustainability at American University from British Columbia (BC) in Canada. She was active in the environmental arena in BC.
Julia will review circular economic initiatives in the BC region and the Canadian national context. She will provide an overview of the key stakeholders in the region and different governance structures that are working together on circular economy initiatives and a systems thinking perspective. Lastly, she will go over some of the major successes from education and inclusion, environmental, waste, emissions and services perspectives.
We will discuss the development of a circular economy roadmap for the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia) region. We invite those who signed up to assist us on the Roadmap to join us at this meeting.
You can RSVP here for our meetings and join the Circular Economy Google Group to be notified of the location and receive other updates for this group’s activities.
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