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By Sneha Rao, Chris Mills, Imani David and Nicholas Machinski. This case was written under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman, Erb Faculty Member.
Erica Ocampo, sustainability and advocacy manager at The Dow Chemical Company, is getting ready to present her report on the pilot Energy Bag program to her boss. The waste-to-energy program has been met with success in converting plastics to energy, but Ocampo is wondering how she can take the project a step further and truly make Dow a participant and leader in the circular economy. Students are asked to identify with Ocampo and develop a plan of action for the company.
In the last two to three years I’ve witnessed a growing interest in recycling, predominantly in relation to the plastics debate, as there is increasing public awareness of the unacceptable and unsustainable effects of (plastic) waste getting into the ocean. Even though Tetra Pak packages are made mainly from paperboard (about 75%), we are part of this conversation because we use plastic for openings, closures and some of the barrier layers.
You’ve heard about ecosystems: the way all living things in a given area interact with each other and their environment. There’s a similar concept in sustainability called “industrial ecology,” which is the notion that industrial processes benefit from mimicking the closed-loop efficiency, or circular economy, of a natural ecosystem.
Every day, General Motors employees play an important role in helping us build stronger communities as we work to achieve a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. That is especially true on World Environment Day (WED), when our global teams rally during the month of June to amplify environmental outreach activities in their facilities or communities.
Being part of this year’s Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit was truly amazing. I found myself in a room with more than 100 women entrepreneurs, from 16 countries, representing 25 industries with a combined revenue of over $4 billion – all discussing issues and opportunities women entrepreneurs face as they scale and grow their businesses across the globe.
Circular economy has gained considerable momentum in the past couple of years. It entails a restorative and regenerative approach by design and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times (The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2015). By decoupling growth from scarce resource use, circular economy presents both a macro and micro strategy for a sustainable economy with a strong business case in its favor.
Insights from The Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Energy and Sustainability Summit
Discarded plastic bottles become parts of ink cartridges. Repair can be more sustainable than recycling. China bans the import of certain types of plastic waste. All these talking points were part of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s May 2018 Energy and Sustainability Summit in California.
Antea Group’s Pamela Gordon, who was a panel lead at the summit, blogs about discussions on the necessity of moving from a linear to a circular economy.