Curated Session: Circular Economy

Zero Waste and the Circular Economy in Action Around the World (1 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
16:00 – 17:00
Room 314

Moderator: Richard Anthony, President, Zero Waste International Alliance, and Principal, Richard Anthony Associates, California

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) was formed in 2002 to support communities working towards a world without waste through practical application of Zero Waste principles through implementation of new policies, programs and infrastructure. This session will highlight the work of ZWIA and its national affiliates, how they are implementing the Zero Waste approach, and why they are moving toward the Circular Economy.


Zero Waste Examples from All Over the World

Pål Mårtensson, Let’s Do It Foundation/Zero Waste Europe, Sweden

Pal Martensson

Pål Mårtensson, who also calls himself “the garbage man,” has been dealing with waste and campaigning for Zero Waste for more than a decade. He worked at the Department of Sustainable Waste and Water Department for City of Goteborg, Sweden, where he oversaw five resources recovery centers, including the first ECO-Park in the world—Kretsloppsparken Alelyckan—that he founded and is now used as a model to public and private sectors worldwide. Mr. Mårtensson shares his long and internationally respected experience in waste management with different audiences and networks around the world as an active member of the Zero Waste International Alliance, Zero Waste Europe and the Swedish Waste Management Group for Recycling and Export. He is a Network Mentor to the Let’s Do It! Foundation, which aims to clean up the entire world on World Cleanup Day: September 15, 2018.

The Platform of Development Cooperation

Santa Krastina, Executive Director, Homo Ecos, Latvia

Santa Krastina

Santa Krasti┼ća is an Executive Director of NGO homo ecos: (Latvia) which is raising awareness for people to take on sustainable lifestyles. She is also a Council Member for The Platform of Development Cooperation. For more than eight years she is a non-formal education trainer focusing on youth and empowering youth workers, youth initiatives, project writing and development. Santa studied Business Administration at the University of Latvia and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Currently Santa Krastina takes part in the US State Department funded fellowship program "Community Solutions Program” in an organization the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Zero Waste Role in Climate Action Plans

Ana Carvalho, Board Member, Zero Waste International Alliance and Environmental Specialist, City of San Diego, California

Ana Carvalho

Ana Carvalho is a Zero Waste International Alliance Board Member and an Environmental Specialist for the City of San Diego, California. She is a published author of several articles on food waste diversion, waste diversion for businesses and multi-family dwellings, and organic diversion. Ms. Carvalho has expertise in food waste and commodities diversion, program planning and community engagement. She also specializes in waste diversion plans for large generators, including airports, convention centers, theme parks, university campuses, hotels, grocery stores, hospitals, schools corporations and restaurants. She is a contributor to the National USA Environmental Protection Agency in the creation of its educational materials for schools such as the Quest for Less, and the national Make A Difference Campaign. Ms Carvalho also supported the implementation of a commercial composting facility in Tijuana, Mexico.

Good Green Jobs from Zero Waste

Neil Seldman, Board Member, Zero Waste International Alliance and President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, D.C.

Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D, is a Zero Waste International Alliance Board Member and co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative and specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and adds value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He has pioneered developments in processing, building deconstruction and small scale manufacturing from recycled materials. Dr. Seldman is a founding member of the National Recycling Coalition at the First National Recycling Congress and the Grass Roots Recycling Network.

Promoting the Zero Waste Movement Around the World

Leslie Lukacs, Board Member, Zero Waste International Alliance and Sustainable Material Management/Zero Waste Consultant, SCS Engineers, California

Leslie Lukacs

Leslie Lukacs is a Zero Waste International Alliance Board Member and the Director of Zero Waste at SCS Engineers. She has over 19 years of experience providing sound environmental consulting services for both the private and public sectors. She specializes in the design and implementation of comprehensive sustainability and zero waste programs for large institutions, public agencies, venues, and events throughout the United States. Ms. Lukacs is an advisor to Zero Waste USA and the California Resource Recovery Association. She is founder of the Green Initiatives for Venues and Events (GIVE) Council, an organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of implementing green programs at venues and special events. Ms. Lukacs is co-founder and Chair of the Compost Coalition of Sonoma County, California, which organizes a diverse coalition of citizens and organizations that champion efforts to keep and process organic materials in Sonoma County. Ms. Lukacs serves on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County AB 939 Local Task Force and is the chair of the Sonoma County Zero Waste Task Force.