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Global Circular Economy - The Future of Sustainability

 
When Oct 17 & 18 , 2019
Where USF Patel Center For Global Solutions
circular-economy

 

The conference will provide a platform to :

  •       Learn
  •       Share
  •       Network
  •       Innovate  

 

Conference Speakers

Coca - Cola
Bruce Karas                                                      VP, Env. and Sustainability, Safety & Tech  Info

Tesla
Rohan Patel                                                          Director, North America, Policy and Business Development.

Jabil
Eric Austermann                                            VP, Social & Environmental Responsibility

BMS                                                          Victoria Emerick                                    Director, Global Env., Health, Safety and Sustainability                                                      For Bio click here

Jacobs
Adam Liddle                                                Global Sustainability Manager

Covanta
Paul Stauder - CEO
Publix
Michael Hewett - Director, Environment & Sustainability
Arizona State University
Anthony Evans - Senior Researcher
Tampa International Airport
Justin Smith - Project Manager    Architecture & Sustainability
Smart Cities Tampa
Vik Bhide - Chief Transportation Planner
Interface Polymer Group
Janice Loppe, Senior Director                            Business Development & Community Relations
Fat Beet Farm
Tim Curci, Founder and President 
Mosaic
Subrata Brandy                                                    Senior Consultant, Environment Health & Safety
Yara
Don Smith                                                            Director, North America, Environment Safety, Security and Sustainability.
City of Orlando
Chris Castro - Director of Sustainability 

City of Atlanta
John Seydel - Director of Sustainability 

                                                     CORPORATE SPONSORS

                                                         Platinum Sponsors 

coca-cola-beverage-florida

 

patel-foundation

 

                                                               Silver Sponsors 

fat-beet-farm

 

                                                              Green Sponsor

usf federal credit union

 

What is Circular Economy:

The linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model of consumption assumes unlimited quantities of easily accessible resources (i.e., virgin materials and energy), and is not sustainable in the long run. Improving efficiency in a linear economy reduces the rate of consumption of resources per unit, but does not address the finite nature of the planet’s resources. In contrast, Circular Economy is restorative by design, relies on renewable energy, minimizes the use of virgin resources, and eliminates waste by maximizing the reuse value of materials at the end of each use. Transition to Circular Economy also has the promise to foster innovation and create a new paradigm in sustainable business enterprises.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Circular Economy concept is gaining traction in the US because of the opportunities it offers businesses willing to capture new value from existing operations and resources, for example by redesigning products and business models, building new relationships with customers, harnessing technology to increase the utilization of assets, and switching to renewable energy.

Conference :

The Patel College of Global Sustainability is hosting its Annual Global Sustainability Conference in Tampa, Florida on October 17-18, 2019. The key theme of the conference will be the concepts and applications of Circular Economy. Speakers will be invited from Ellen MacArthur Foundation who pioneered the concept in EU, executives from multinational companies which embrace the concepts of Circular Economy, academic professionals advancing the research on the concepts and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about the long term sustainability of the planet.

Specific areas of discussion will include sustainability in

  •          Food and Beverage Industries
  •          Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries
  •          Hi-tech Industries
  •          Energy and Utility Sectors
  •          Smart cities and governments 

 For sponsorship & inquiries please contact Kelly Gaskell at kgaskell@usf.edu