The Circular Economy:
From Concept to a Business Reality
9th Annual Conference
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
The concept of a circular economy is incredibly logical and equally appealing. However, the reality of executing the concepts at a business level pose many real challenges. If business is going to transform itself from the old world of a linear economy into the new world of a circular economy, many obstacles need to be overcome.
Join IGEL as we present some to the “real world” successes of organizations that have begun to make the transition to this new world and learn the path that organizations can take toward this necessary transformation.
Click to view the presentation slides from our 2016 Conference presenters.
The Wharton IGEL Blog features recent posts on the circular economy.
- “Share & Reuse in Demanding Times,” By Kim Rumph, President, CHEP North America
- “Circular Economy – Business Perspectives: Moving from Discussion to Implementation,” by Rekha Menon-Varma’s (WG ’06), Managing Partner, Vertaeon LLC
- “Putting the Circular Economy in Motion,” by Jennifer Gerholdt, Senior Director, Environment Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- “Rethinking Waste Through Technology in a Circular Economy,” By Felix Faulhaber, Vice President, Business Intelligence & Supply Chain, Rubicon Global
- “Going Local: The impact of renewable energy on circular economy,” By Sirui Ma
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The Circular Economy: From Concept to a Business Reality
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration & Breakfast|
|9:00 – 9:15||Welcome Remarks & Conference Introduction:
Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL
Gary Survis, Senior IGEL Fellow & Conference Moderator
|9:15 – 9:45||Opening Keynote:
Allen Hershkowitz, President, Green Sports Alliance
|9:45 – 10:00||Questions from the Audience|
|10:00 – 11:00||Panel One – Sustainable Development: The Role of Circular Supply Chains
Moderator: John Giordano, Assistant Commissioner, Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Helga Vanthournout, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company
Patrick Cairo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, SUEZ
Kristine Kalaijian, Director, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Philips
|11:00 – 11:15||Questions & Audience Participation|
|11:15 – 11:25||Networking Break
|11:25 – 11:40||Morning Keynote: The Ultimate Circular Economy: Capturing and Using CO2?
Bernard David, Chairman and CEO, CO2 Sciences, Inc.
|11:40 – 12:40||Panel Two: The Circular Economy begins with Product Design
Moderator: Gary Survis, Senior IGEL Fellow & Conference Moderator
Eunice Heath, Global Director, Sustainable Products Marketing and Strategy, The Dow Chemical Company
Scott Cassel, CEO, Product Stewardship Institute
|12:40 – 12:45||Questions & Audience Participation|
|12:45 – 1:15||Closing Keynote:
Kim Rumph, President, CHEP North America
|1:15 – 1:30||Wrap Up & Questions|
|1:30 – 2:30||Networking Lunch|