Closed Loop Forum 2019

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Plant Chicago Classroom at The Plant

1400 W 46th St

Chicago, IL 60609

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Ideas on neighborhood production, consumption, and waste will be shared by local researchers, practitioners, and local governments.

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Plant Chicago Closed Loop Forum

The second annual Closed Loop Forum, hosted by Plant Chicago, brings together people from all backgrounds and perspectives for discussion around the circular economy - what it is and different ways communities and businesses are implementing and benefiting from it. Two panels about 1) current status and trends of the larger reuse economy, and 2) large and small businesses putting circularity into practice, will be followed by break out sessions to workshop and implement ideas. The event will conclude with a poster and networking session in the Whiner Beer taproom.

Plant Chicago is developing a Small Business Circular Economy Toolkit with guides and best practices to put local circular economy principles into action. These principles are: Renewable Energy, Resource Sharing, Recapturing materials, Community Benefits, Locally sourced materials, Shared business success, Local waste recovery and Equitable benefits for all. Read more about the eight local circular economy principles here. Attendees of the Closed Loop Forum will explore how these principles are or are not being implemented at the local and global scale, and how we can each take action to cultivate local circular economies.

Keynote speaker:

Garry Cooper, CEO of Rheaply

Two panels of experts will help us illustrate the current state of the circular economy:

Doing Business in the Circular Economy:

Moderated by Weslynne Ashton - Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at IIT , Stuart School of Business

A far reaching and often abstract conceptualization of the circular economy has taken hold in many instances across the globe. Circular practices have entered into government initiatives and individual/corporate action but full scale implementation remains to be seen. This panel seeks to discus what these practices and policies mean for small and large businesses and offers guidance on how to participate in our next economic revolution.

Speakers: Eric Schneider, Owner (Huron Paper Stock); Alex Poltorak, (Urban Canopy); Kirk Douglas, President (VLV Development )

Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Community Engagement and Asset Mapping facilitated by Marjorie Hoffman of Peggy Notrebaert Nature Museum
  • Can We Afford a 100% Renewable Energy Future? facilitated by Jessica Fujan of Sierra Club
  • Workforce Waste: The Cost of a Throw-Away Workforce facilitated by Rosanna Lloyd of Just Ice Inc.
  • Degrowth and the Circular Economy facilitated by Shantanu Pai of University of Illinois’ Sustainable Technology Center
  • Circular Economy as a Collaborative Practice facilitated Jonathan Pereira of Plant Chicago
  • Plant Chicago’s Circular Economy Toolkit facilitated by Liz Lyon of Plant Chicago

State of Materials Reuse and Recycling:

Moderated by Ning Ai - Associate Professor at University of Illinois Chicago

Utilizing our world’s resources sustainably is the paramount issue for our generation. Recently the state of the recycling industry and the reuse of materials has experienced drastic upheavals and changes. The panel will discuss the current state of affairs as well as the obstacles and opportunities we have to improve and thrive in this changing environment.

*Speakers: Alyson Wright, Sustainable Business Fellow (City of Evanston); Shantanu Pai, Sustainability Researcher (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center); Olga Bautista, Board Member (South East Side Environmental Task Force)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  • Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy facilitated by Ben Bezerk of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • Everyone Needs A Little R&R facilitated by Garr Punnett of Rheaply
  • The Role of Regenerative Farming in Climate Mitigation facilitated by Hayden Holbert of Avrom Farm
  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint with Energy Efficiency facilitated by Matt Harvey of Citizens Utility Board
  • Reducing Food Waste in Chicago by Chef Melanie Carter
  • Making Recycling Accessible facilitated by Juanita Garcia of Pepper Construction

Check out the full description for breakout session here

Event Sponsor: West Monroe Partners

Event space donated by Bubbly Dynamics.

Schedule

9:30AM - Registration and Breakfast

10:00AM - Welcome

10:30AM - Panel: Doing Business in the Circular Economy

11:15AM - Breakout Sessions

11:45AM - Lunch

12:30PM - Panel : State of Reuse and Recycling

1:15PM - Breakout Sessions

1:45PM - Closing Remarks and "Rap Up" session with Yuri Lane

2PM - Poster Session Happy Hour

Bubbly Dynamics, owner and operator of The Plant, will lead a special tour of the building for forum attendees at 3:30pm. Tickets for this tour can be purchased here.

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Plant Chicago Classroom at The Plant

1400 W 46th St

Chicago, IL 60609

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