Doing Good While Doing Your Job – Moving Toward a Circular Economy (during this time of Coronaviru

Date 27 May 2020 20:00 - 21:20
Venue Online

Brought to you by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and its members – a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education.

There is an urgent need to move away from the current unsustainable linear economy toward a sustainable circular economy. The circular economy model is designed to save resources and money, maximize the lifespan of resources and products, reduce pollution and climate change, and decrease or eliminate waste.  In the short term, with campus shut downs, we can reduce utility bills while safely securing our facilities and specialty labs. With the reality of finite resources, it is imperative to prioritize and incorporate sustainability into procurement processes and policies in all departments. Target audiences include staff from the following areas: planning; facilities; business and finance; procurement; housing; auxiliary services; food and catering; waste management; building construction and renovation; recreation; student life, sustainability offices; faculty and IT. Receive useful resources you can use now.

The webinar will consist of: 
  • Overview of the need for a circular economy and sustainable procurement in higher education
  • Real world examples from many campus areas
  • Useful resources for all campus staff on sustainable procurement, the circular economy, and actions you can take today in the midst of COVID-19 and campus shut downs

Register today here.

Reniera O’Donnell, Higher Education Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Reniera is the Higher Education Lead, working with Universities and Higher Education Institutions as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Learning Team. Reniera’s work focuses on growing the Foundation’s University network and leveraging the value of taking a whole campus approach across teaching, research, student-led activities, and campus management to support the transition to a circular economy. Reniera’s work also seeks to understand and maximise the influential role universities play within their local context and seek ways to better integrate higher education activity across the Foundations key programme areas such as Cities and Governments and the Systemic Initiatives.

Ilma Stankeviciute, Learning Designer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ilma is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Learning team and focuses on creating digital business oriented circular economy content as well as designing face to face learning experiences for circular economy professionals. She has also been managing the work stream to develop the learning resources to support circular economy implementation in specific business functions, such as procurement.

Johanna Anderson, Member Success Manager, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
As Member Success Manager, Johanna works directly with SPLC members to develop and implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs designed to create a more sustainable world. She also collaborates on the development of resources to support SPLC members in achieving their goals. Prior to joining SPLC, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. During her time with the State, she led the development of a charter for the State’s program, increasing the State’s commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement. She also successfully advocated for including sustainable purchasing in an Executive Order on state agency sustainability. Johanna holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and San Francisco State University.

Van Sullivan, Executive Director, Stony Brook University
Member of NACAS and on campus leader in circular economy applications.

Debra Rowe, Disciplinary Association Network for Sustainability, Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
Dr. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development ( The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder/program director of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, and Senior Advisor to AASHE.  Debra has also been professor of energy management and renewable energies for over 35 years at Oakland Community College and teaches at the University of Vermont, is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences and is the author or editor of numerous publications. 
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