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Webinar: Higher Education’s Crucial Role: Building a Sustainable and Circular Economy

June 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


Join this webinar to learn how the circular economy* can help shape better procurement decisions and ways in which you manage your campus, facilities and supply of goods and services. Educators, business officers, and staff from housing, dining, facilities, procurement and auxiliary services, EHS, student life, and senior administration will learn about how to bring the circular economy into each area of campus life. 

Drawing on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular economy procurement toolkit, you will hear how it is being implemented by a number of Universities and listen to stories to inspire you to make the necessary changes to help tackle key global issues such as climate change. Working in smaller breakout groups, you’ll leave this webinar equipped with tools and resources to help you integrate circular economy principles into your organisational activities. 

*The circular economy is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for organisations, people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value. A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive. 

This webinar is brought to you by Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, along with the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable DevelopmentSociety for College and University Planning (SCUP), Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA), Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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Reniera O'Donnell

Reniera O’Donnell, Higher Education Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Reniera is the Higher Education Lead, working with Universities and Higher Education Institutions as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Learning Team. Reniera’s work focuses on growing the Foundation’s University network and leveraging the value of taking a whole campus approach across teaching, research, student-led activities, and campus management to support the transition to a circular economy. Reniera’s work also seeks to understand and maximise the influential role universities play within their local context and seek ways to better integrate higher education activity across the Foundations key programme areas such as Cities and Governments and the Systemic Initiatives.

Ilma Stankeviciute

Ilma Stankeviciute, Learning Programme Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ilma is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Learning team and focuses on creating digital business oriented circular economy content as well as designing face to face learning experiences for circular economy professionals. She has also been managing the work stream to develop the learning resources to support circular economy implementation in specific business functions, such as procurement.

Johanna Anderson

Johanna Anderson, Director of Learning & Member Engagement (formerly, Member Success Manager), Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

As Director of Learning & Member Engagement (formerly, Member Success Manager), Johanna works directly with SPLC members to develop and implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs designed to create a more sustainable world. She also collaborates on the development of resources to support SPLC members in achieving their goals. Prior to joining SPLC, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. During her time with the State, she led the development of a charter for the State’s program, increasing the State’s commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement. She also successfully advocated for including sustainable purchasing in an Executive Order on state agency sustainability. Johanna holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and San Francisco State University.

Sandra Goldmark

Sandra Goldmark, Associate Professor or Professional Practice and Director of Sustainability and Climate Action, Barnard College

Sandra Goldmark is a designer, teacher, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on circular economy solutions to overconsumption and climate change. She is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Campus Sustainability at Barnard College, where she teaches design and leads campus climate action initiatives. Sandra is the founder of Fixup, a social enterprise that operates short term repair and reuse events, and the author of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet. www.sandragoldmark.com

Garr Punnett

Garr Punnett, Chief of Staff, Rheaply

Garr Punnett is the Chief of Staff & Sustainability at Rheaply, a master of the Multi-usiverse, leveraging unique circular systems design experience, and passion for innovation. Garr leads efforts for Rheaply to build software solutions for Rheaply’s partners to scale reuse, remanufacturing and recycling! Prior to joining Rheaply, Garr graduated with a Master’s in Sustainability Solutions and was a Research Analyst at Arizona State University’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives where he gathered extensive primary source data in the fields of circular manufacturing, recycling and “waste” commodity trading. Garr also worked as an Associate Producer at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network where he led the production and budgeting of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?