Circular economies are in the spotlight following the shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the tilt in security, travel and transportation, and business operations, the focus is on how we fortify and better use our own resources. As we work to more sustainably manage finite resources and decrease pollution in our shrinking space, there is an opportunity to create economic growth through end-market development. A circular system for materials will create new jobs, enhance infrastructure and technology, as well as meet international sustainability initiatives.

Starting with a focus on America, then Colorado, and ending with the City of Boulder, a special presentation at the annual Summit for Recycling: Building a Circular Economy in the Rockies put on by Recycle Colorado will cover this very subject. “Colorado’s real estate, local and state business development incentives, and current infrastructure puts us in a prime position to explore circularity and support its buildout,” said Kristin Kim Haynes, Executive Director for Recycle Colorado. “Having experts from OEDIT, City of Boulder, and ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability take part in the conference provides a much needed ‘meeting-of-the-minds’ to plan and implement circular economies within manufacturing, organics, construction, and packaging.”

Recycle Colorado is hosting the Summit for Recycling virtual conference August 25 – 26, 2020. The program kicks off at 9:00 AM with a circular economy plenary session featuring the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, City of Boulder, and Arizona State University to provide perspectives from the regional, state and local levels. Attendees will learn the importance of building circular economies and transforming the way we design, make, and use materials, how Colorado is focusing on circularity, and the City of Boulder’s 2020 Circular Boulder publication.

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