Zero Waste: Innovations to Drive the Circular Economy

Waste management presents increasingly significant challenges to Metro Vancouver and much of the world. SFU has responded to the challenges by developing some successful models for waste management. Now we have begun to explore systems for going beyond diversion that tackle sources of waste before they need to be managed. In doing so we’re ready to drive closed loop systems that support the Circular Economy. Innovations in product and packaging design, in purchasing practices, and in materials collection are critical to this shift and to developing effective approaches and tools that meet communities’ diverse needs.

Thank you for joining us at this event where experts led a dialogue on how to foster a climate for zero waste innovation in Metro Vancouver. Read the final report.


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:00 AM


Room 1200
Segal Graduate School of Business
SFU’s Vancouver campus
500 Granville St.


Event has finished.

Dialogue participants contributed to the development of the following outcomes: 

1. The development of a 'regional roadmap' for driving the Circular Economy in the region

2. A set of guiding principles for organizations, municipalities and businesses wanting to move beyond waste management

These outcomes was sent to all participants after the event. 


Speakers include:

  • Malcolm Brodie - Chair, National Zero Waste Council and Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and Mayor of Richmond
  • Brock Macdonald - CEO, Recycling Council of British Columbia, and Co-Chair, NZWC Circular Economy Working Group
  • Candace LeRoy -    Director, SFU Sustainability Office

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