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The Circular Economy – A Holistic Vision for Achieving Prosperity

March 2, 2017 at 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Watch the video recording of The Circular Economy –
A Holistic Vision for Achieving Prosperity


The circular economy is gaining increasing attention in Europe and around the world as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing dependence on primary materials and energy.

The last 150 years of industrial revolution have been dominated by a one-way or linear model of production and consumption in which goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used and discarded as waste.  This model has been exceptionally successful in providing affordable products to consumers and material prosperity to billions.

Where there is still room for the linear model to expand geographically and realize even higher efficiencies, a global middle class of nearly 5 billion by 2030 will present unprecedented challenges: increasing strain on the environment, increasing stress to access new resources, increasing costs and commodity price volatility.

About the Panel

In a circular economy, value creation relies on existing or renewable products and materials. Forming viable circular businesses can be achieved by building on existing trends in new business models, technology and partnerships. A circular economy allows tackling sustainability challenges and stimulating economic growth, driving performance, competitiveness and innovation. No wonder governments and businesses alike are drawn to the concept. But how do we mainstream circular business and turn our linear economic engine into a circular one?

Join RZCCI and SPN as our panel presents inspiring business best practices and elaborate on opportunities and barriers encountered when making the transition to a circular economy.


MARIAN CHERTOW, Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
KATE DALY, Senior Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation, NYC Economic Development Corporation
JEAN-CHARLES GUINOT, CE100 Business Programme Manager, Ellen, MacArthur Foundation
JOSE MANUEL dos SANTOS, Head of Design l Americas, Philips Lighting

In Partnership with

The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New-York-based forum for professionals working with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are over two thousand members on our list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO’s. For more information please visit: www.sustainabilitypractice.net.


6:00 pm – Registration
6:15 pm – Panel
7:30 pm – Q&A
8:00 pm – Networking


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. E-mail us at matthew.lepere@baruch.cuny.edu

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March 2, 2017
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


Baruch College – Library Building Room 750-760
151 East 25 Street
New York, NY 10010 United States


Matthew LePere