This conference will be an unmissable opportunity to hear some of the world's leading closed loop economy thinkers. TEN guest lectures around ONE key perspective on the transition to a sustainable economy. The focus is skills, jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in a 'cradle to cradle' or 'closed materials loop economy'**. This lecture series will be introduced by Professor Michael Braungart, one of the world’s leading designers and industrial consultants. This masterclass event will discuss the implications for business, community and education of moving from a linear, 'take-make-dump' economy to a circular economy where economic systems thinking and design is based on ecological principles. Waste is designed out of the equation and the economy features closed materials loops increasingly powered by renewable energy. Considerations of place, scale, resource and diversity will be at the core of development.
29TH NOVEMBER - 1ST DECEMBER 2010
University of Bradford, UK
**'Closed Materials Loop Economy' is an influential term coined in the mid-1980s to refer to economic systems thinking and design based on ecological principles as opposed to linear models. It encompasses but is much broader than the term low carbon economy.