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 next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, from 6-8 pm EST.  Our speakers are:
-Jess Owens is the Founder and CEO of Greenlist. Greenlist is a technology that enables peer-to-peer returns. Their returns SKIP the trip back to the store, warehouse, or landfill and go directly to a waiting consumer. Prior to founding Greenlist, Jess was the Director of Marketing at Arlington Strategy. Jess lives in Falls Church City with her husband, two daughters, and dog Bluebell.

— Shawn Hutchinson is the CEO and founder of Universal Schedule, a distributed ledger company.   His company is working on sustainability issues on the local level and has some core technology in the works to help put the competitive advantage back in the hands of communities and small businesses via Local Cart.  LocalCart is a convenient way to buy local through a platform that supports local businesses. The idea started with lots of conversations with businesses and people, actually in the “tourism” and regional travel industry. This spring the team will release an app called GetawayLocal that people like because it’s fun and easy for finding activities and things to do. His background is in computer science, technology, and ministry.

RSVP here for our meetings.  

You are also 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: 

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 Gaby Seltzer serves as the Vice-Chair for our Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG)