Working Group Meeting – The Circular Economy
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.
Our Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG) will reconvene on Wednesday, January 27th, from 6-8 pm. We are honored to have 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. She will discuss 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%) that 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.
Lara Ilao serves as the Chair and Gaby Seltzer serves as the Vice-Chair for our Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG)
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
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