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Increasing Business Efficiency and Community through Industrial Symbiosis
(90-minute webinar)

The interdisciplinary environmental field of industrial ecology offers a more “circular” economy by preserving physical resources, closing loops, and reusing and recycling materials, products, and wastes.

The sub-field of industrial ecology known as industrial symbiosis examines resource sharing across business clusters such that one company’s waste becomes another company’s feedstock. The keys to industrial symbiosis are collaboration and the synergistic possibilities offered by geographic proximity.

There are numerous examples of industrial symbiosis globally and, as with nature’s ecosystems, each instance has a distinct set of circumstances and possibilities. This webinar offers the audience a video tour of industrial symbiosis projects in several parts of the world and shares the lessons learned from the research of Prof. Chertow and her students over 20 years.

Oct 28, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Marian Chertow
Associate Professor at the School of the Environment @Yale University
Marian Chertow’s research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, circular economy, waste management, and urban sustainability. Her research has championed the study of industrial symbiosis involving geographically based exchanges of materials, energy, water and wastes within networks of businesses globally. She has conducted many studies of industrial ecology in China and India, as a means of assessing environmental benefits alongside economic ones. In 2019 she received the highest recognition of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, its Society Prize, for her “outstanding contributions to the field.”