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LIVE Becoming Circular: How Circular Cities are Leading on the Circular Economy

A session by Amy Aussieker, Gena McKinley, Kara Mertz and Divya Sridhar
Envision Charlotte, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Boulder and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

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Representatives from cities across the United States discuss their plans to pursue circular economy initiatives at the local level. Hear from Boulder, CO; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland, OH; and Austin, TX about why their cities are working towards circularity, their goals, and the opportunities and challenges they are facing. How can cities in Indiana benefit from their experiences in the process?

Prior to attending this session, we recommend viewing the Circular Economy for the Circle City session.

Thank you to our Main Event Education Session Sponsor, Pratt Industries.

Pratt is America’s 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 9000 highly-skilled, green-collar employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 20 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 27 states.

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Amy Aussieker

As Executive Director for Envision Charlotte, Amy is responsible for developing strategic plans for community outreach, fundraising, and partner relationships. Amy has used her two decades of expertise in strategic planning, relationship management, marketing and creative problem solving to help Envision Charlotte become a global model of urban sustainability.

Gena McKinley

Gena McKinley is the Strategic Initiatives Division Manager for Austin Resource Recovery, the City department charged with the implementation of the City of Austin's Zero Waste Plan. She has spent over 15 years working in the solid waste industry.

Kara Mertz

Kara worked to develop a “circular materials” strategy for the City of Boulder - to move beyond recycling and composting waste and into the larger system of material use and consumption. After her February retirement from working full-time at the City of Boulder, Kara is in the process of launching circular economy initiatives through her consulting company, M&M&M.

Divya Sridhar

Divya Sridhar is the Manager of Climate Resiliency and Sustainability at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a non-profit placemaking intermediary that works with the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and community. Currently she is the project coordinator of Circular Cleveland, – a collaborative circular economy initiative between City of Cleveland and CNP.

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