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.