Webinar: Status of the Circular Economy

Aired on 6/21/2016

The Circular Economy is more than minimizing waste generation.  It is a “cradle to rarely reaching the grave” approach to the economy and human activity.

Watch the First Webinar in the Circular Economy Series on “Food Waste”.

CE concepts rest on comprehensive approaches to closing loops, thus transforming our linear extract-make-use-dispose economy and reducing human-kind’s use of Earth’s assets, as well as minimizing natural and social system impacts.

Earth’s resources are large but finite and the human population is growing, so something has to give to converge on an acceptable quality of life for living on the planet. In this 90-minute webinar, circular economy experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce FoundationThe Sustainability Consortium, managed jointly by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, plus other experts provided a perspective on the status of the circular economy from theory to implementation.  Presenters provided case studies of industry leading business programs, supply chain applications and approaches for business – municipal collaborations.

Download the  Circular Economy Webinar PPT


Moderator Dan O’Neill is General Manager for the Arizona State University’s Global Sustainability Solutions Services. In this role, he connects the sustainability needs of local and global stakeholders to the knowledge and delivery capabilities of ASU and its global network of partners through the delivery of real, practical, effective sustainability solutions.

Jennifer Gerholdt is the Senior Director of the Environment Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. In her role, Jennifer directs high quality programming for business leaders to help them maximize their positive contributions to society’s challenges. This includes developing and executing the strategy for CCC’s engagement with the private sector on issues including the circular economy, the energy-water-food nexus, and water stewardship. Jennifer directs CCC’s signature sustainability conference, workshops, trainings, roundtables, business delegation tours, case study reports, and research.

Carole Mars is the Senior Research Lead at The Sustainability Consortium, an Arizona State University and University of Arkansas initiative, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, she is the Principal Researcher for Leadership Initiatives at TSC related to consumer adoption of low temperature wash for laundry and Electronics and the Circular Economy, the latter of which addresses knowledge gaps around the disposition of electronic devices reaching the end of their first useful life.

Paul Yaroschak is the Deputy for Chemical and Material Risk Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment). From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Yaroschak was the Director for Environmental Compliance and Restoration Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) between political administrations. In 2006, he accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was instrumental in developing a program to identify, assess, and develop risk management actions for emerging contaminants. This program won an award from Harvard University’s “Innovations in American Government” program.