Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy Conference & Research Collaborative

May 4, 2018

Design, Justice & Zero Waste:
Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy
Conference & Research Collaborative


When: May 8th and 9th, 2018
Where: The University Center at The New School (63 5th Avenue)


The Tishman Center and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) invite you to join us at Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to a Circular Economy conference and research collaborative. You will be part of a discussion with a global audience of innovative and creative eco-minded collaborators including practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists.

As the world’s population increasingly urbanizes and the climate crisis worsens, the global economy risks breaching planetary boundaries with potentially catastrophic consequences if we continue to produce and consume at levels set by western standards.

Frontline communities and workers in waste, manufacturing and distribution face disproportionate impacts from environmental degradation and extractive and exploitative industry practices. The conference will focus on how issues of production, consumption and waste impact environmental justice communities, workers and vulnerable populations. By advancing a circular economy, we can reduce often-overlooked sources of significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as those from the supply chain of the manufacturing sector. Reducing consumer and industrial waste will be instrumental in lowering national GHG emissions and could help state and local governments meet emission targets set by the Paris Climate Accords.

The goal of the conference is to bring together experts from around the world and a variety of fields to share and showcase innovative designs, advocacy campaigns and scholarly research across this often siloed field. Designers, architects, business representatives and activists will come together to discuss the diverse parts of a circular economy. We will create a Circular Economy Action Plan and Research Collaborative for long-term partnerships and information sharing.

Click here for the event program. Ms SDM co-director, Raz Godelnik, will be moderating the closing plenary of the conference!