RCE Grand Rapids-2018

1. Project Title: 
Circular Economy Conference
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All RCE Grand Rapids members
Concept development
Main Contact: 
Gayle DeBruyn
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5. Project description
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The RCE developed and offered the community a conference on the circular economy.  A highly collaborative planning process resulted in a one-half day conference at Grand Valley State university exploring elements of a circular economy from design, to manufacturing and recyling/reuse.  We brought to the stage some of the leading experts in this field including Ken Webster of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in London who joined by satelite.  

6. Project status
This one-time event engaged over 100 business and design leaders from West Michigan in a "deep dive" exploration of the subject of circular economy and the importance of design, manufacturing and recycling sectors working together from the onset of product development. The conference was well-promoted by our members and well-received by the audience.
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