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.
At our next Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG) on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 6-8 pm EDT, we will examine microplastics and hear from our speaker, Beth Gingold.
Beth Gingold, Founder of Recycle Leaders, loves training educators and green teams to lead seriously fun waste action projects! She invites you and any educators or high school students you know to join the pilot “EveryWear Counts” action research course this Plastic Free July, a partnership with Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) designed to catalyze action on micoplastic pollution from laundry. This challenge is modeled off of the Make the Most of Food (remote) challenge for Earth Month 2021 she co-created with green team leaders including high school students, teachers, custodians, action researchers from DC wards 7 and 8, ANS, and the EPA’s Food Too Good to Waste Peer Network. Previously, during her 5 years of leading the recycling program for DC Public Schools, she launched the first city-wide civic action challenges for schools, published the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll performance data and success stories on interactive maps, and gave input to more than 10 LEED modernization projects. She is a LEED Green Associate and holds a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Apply by July 1 to join the pilot “EveryWear Counts” Action research course this Plastic Free July! Starting July 12, the four week series of virtual 1-hour zoom classes guides participants in the Everywear Counts challenge, a fun remote competition that inspires participants to take actions together (virtually) that can save money, reduce water and energy use, and prevent microplastic pollution. During the 4-week challenge, course participants will collect seven days of baseline data on plastic laundry generated, use the data to inform actions, share ideas, collect “after” data, and report results. Participants will have the option of presenting ideas and findings to relevant district level decision-makers. High school students can earn (8) community service hours and educators can earn (8) professional learning units. This project is organized by Recycle Leaders in partnership with the Audubon Naturalist Society with technical guidance from American University. Contact: info@recycleleaders.
Learn more about our Circular Economy program and see articles from our past circular economy activities on our Circular Economy and Sustainable Marketplace webpage. Lara Ilao serves as the Chair and Nivruti Sridhar serves as the Vice-Chair for our Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG)
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