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Could Waste be a Valuable Resource?

A Virtual Panel on Industrial Symbiosis

About this Session

Industrial symbiosis breathes life into the insight ‘One person’s trash is another’s treasure’.

Waste is accountable for 3% of all global greenhouse gas emission. As we rapidly approach the red line of 2 degrees of warming, it is imperative that we adapt and change both our practices and our mindsets to mitigate and reverse this trend.

While emerging thinking is being explored on designing waste out of the process altogether, another option has arisen for the industrial sector to better address their waste and consequent environmental impact more effectively. 

Industrial symbiosis describes a network of diverse and often disparate organizations that foster eco-innovation to create mutually beneficial interactions. Recovering, and redirecting resources for reuse, allows industry to optimize material and energy resources.

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Learn how an industrial ecosystem can mimic the natural ecosystem (where everything is reused, there is zero waste) from the leading academics in this field and discover how companies can effectively manage waste, reduce costs, increase efficiencies, protect the environment while increasing t.

Event Speakers

Dr. Marian Chertow, Yale School of the Environment.

Dr. Marian Chertow is a professor of industrial environmental management at the Yale School of the Environmental and Director of the Center for Industrial Ecology. She is also appointed at the Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, circular economy, waste management, and urban sustainability.


Professor Weslynne Ashton, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Weslynne Ashton is an Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business. Dr. Ashton’s research focuses on industrial ecology and the circular economy, or how to optimize energy, water, and material resource flows as well as human benefits in socio-ecological systems. Her work also examines developing entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental challenges and the adoption of socially and environmentally responsible strategies in business, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


Tracy Casavant, Light House Sustainability Society.

Tracy Casavant

Integrating backgrounds in chemical engineering and environmental studies, Tracy Casavant has been a leader in the circular economy field for more than 20 years. She recently led the NISP® Canada pilot and developed an industrial symbiosis strategy for Washington State. Tracy also co-managed the development of the $95M TaigaNova Eco-Industrial Park in Fort McMurray. She has been an invited speaker in Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador.


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Waste: A Valuable Resource?


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