Doing Good While Doing Your Job – Moving Toward a Circular Economy
May 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm EDTFree
Brought to you by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and its members – a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education.
Everyone within Higher Education has an uniquely important opportunity to help campus staff and external suppliers create a more sustainable circular economy for all. The circular economy approach decreases reliance on raw materials for new products and shifts the norms toward reusable, repairable, biodegradable, and recyclable materials and products. The circular economy model is designed to save resources and money, maximize the lifespan of resources and products, reduce pollution and climate change, and decrease or eliminate waste. There is an urgent need to move away from the current unsustainable linear economy toward a sustainable circular economy. If US higher education were its own country, it would rank as the 22nd largest economy in the world. With the reality of finite resources, it is imperative to prioritize and incorporate sustainability into procurement processes and policies in all departments. Target audiences include staff from the following areas: planning; facilities; business and finance; procurement; housing; auxiliary services; food and catering; waste management; building construction and renovation; recreation; student life, sustainability offices; and IT.
The webinar will consist of:
- Overview of the need for a circular economy and sustainable procurement in higher education
- Real world examples from many campus areas
- Useful resources for all campus staff on sustainable procurement and circular economy planning and processes
Webinar brought to you by NACAS, SCUP, AASHE, NIRSA, NAEP, NACUBO, AASCU, ACUHO-I, APPA, I2SL, CSHEMA, and ACPA.
Speakers for the webinar will include among others:
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation, including their European and US efforts
- Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council, providing US resources
- Van Sullivan, Executive Director, Stony Brook University
- Debra Rowe, Moderator/facilitator from HEASC