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Business, Environment, and Society Speaker Series: Circular Economy in Plastics and the Food Industry

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When:

Tuesday, May 10

Program/presentation
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Where:

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Atlanta 30308
Hybrid- Virtual & Room 312

 

Circular Economy in Plastics and the Food Industry

Speakers and moderator for May 10 BESMay 10, 2022: The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business hosted a moderated panel discussion on "Circular Economy in Plastics and the Food Industry" as part of the Business, Environment, and Society Speaker Series.

The circular economy offers a revision of the “take-make-waste” business model. Businesses adapting to the new business model create products that have indefinite (or at the very least much longer) lifespans. The circular economy provides a model for businesses to work towards a more sustainable world—from design and production through refurbishment and reuse.

Our panelists were:

  • Nell Fry (BSBA 2010) (Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Sodexo)

  • Katherine Huded (MBA 2020) (Director of Circular Ventures, The Recycling Partnership)

  • Akissi Stokes (CEO, WUNDERgrubs)

The panel was moderated by David Eady, industry engagement manager for the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and Mayor of Oxford, Georgia.

Questions addressed included the following:

  • How are the speakers’ organizations working towards creating a circular economy?

  • How do sustainability leaders make the best (though not necessarily ideal) choices now while developing innovations for the future that can be scaled?

  • How can consumers be encouraged to participate?

  • What are the challenges of recycling and related infrastructure?

  • How can policy and regulation help to create the circular economy?

  • What are the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship?

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About the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business: 

The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business was founded in 2013 to act as a catalyst and connector, bringing together students, research faculty, companies, and entrepreneurs to create an environment where business-driven solutions to sustainability challenges can take shape and thrive. In all, Scheller provides students unparalleled breadth in environmental sustainability, ethics, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and values-based leadership.