Will it go round in circles: Creating best practices to create a fully circular economy

26 Sep 2023
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Will it go round in circles: Creating best practices to create a fully circular economy

Will it go round in circles: Creating best practices to create a fully circular economy

26 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Celeste McMickle
    Celeste McMickle
    Director, Client Solutions, TRUE at U.S. Green Building Council
    Celeste McMickle is the Director of Client Solutions for TRUE Zero Waste certification with the USGBC. Celeste has a background in architecture and is a TRUE Advisor, LEED AP and LEED Green Rater. She serves on the board of NYSAR3 and the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board and is a certified Master Composter and Permaculture Designer. She is a 2021 recipient for the 40 under 40 award by Waste360. Celeste holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.
  • Michael Orbank
    Michael Orbank
    Sustainability Manager, Northeast Region at STO Building Group
    Michael Orbank works for the STO Building Group as the Sustainability Manager for the Northeast region (overseeing MA, CT, NJ and Philadelphia). In his day-to-day work, he assists projects with green building certifications, as well as championing sustainable innovation on construction job sites. Through the development of waste diversion pilot projects, product manufacturer relationships, and industry collaboration, Michael hopes to showcase that circular and sustainable construction methods should always be considered emerging best practice. In his networking and advocacy roles, Michael chairs the Carbon Leadership of Boston’s Reuse Group, as well as assisting regional building material reuse non-profits. Through these efforts, he hopes to further develop deconstruction and reuse infrastructure to support the growing need for decarbonization and waste diversion in the built environment. Michael is a LEED and WELL AP, as well as a PHIUS Builder and a TRUE advisor.
  • Christine Vandover
    Christine Vandover
    Principal / Senior Project Interior Designer at HOK
    As an Interior Design Principal at HOK, Christine brings creative knowledge and critical thinking to her interior design work. Her projects are as much about beauty as they are about health and wellness— whether a workplace, hotel or hospital, an interior environment should bring happiness and inner calm. Her work has been awarded by AIA and Design & Health, and published in HCD, Interior Design and Metropolis magazines. In 2020 Christine started the development of HOK’s firmwide initiative to track embodied carbon, material health, and sustainable sourcing for all materials on all HOK interior projects firmwide.
  • Monica Becker
    Monica Becker
    Director of Market Transformation at Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute
    Monica Becker leads the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s team of sector experts, working to advance circular transformation across markets and supply chains, and sits on the Institute’s Leadership Team. A purpose-driven sustainability expert, Monica has worked across industry sectors to design and implement collaborative, circular economy and sustainable chemistry initiatives. She served as co-director and director of collaborative innovation for the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council where she led industry collaborations on green chemistry innovation with major CPG, fashion and electronic brands, retailers and chemical suppliers and created a green chemistry startup network and pitch event. She led pioneering work to develop and gain adoption of clean and efficient processes for remanufacturing systems at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (now REMADE) and helped grow the group from five to 50. Monica has worked for over 30 years in technical and policy-related sustainability positions in the chemical industry, consulting, academia, non-profits and in government. She has published widely on a range of technical, economic and policy topics in sustainability and speaks at conferences and webinars internationally. She holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Key takeaways

- Define “circular economy” in the context of the built environment.

- Learn how to apply circular economy principles to meet new Materials and Resources credit requirements in LEED BD+C/ID+C/O+M v4.0 and WELL v2.

- Understand the overlapping principals of circularity and zero waste.

- Describe techniques stakeholders can employ across project teams to successfully implement circular design strategies.