What if making stuff not only had less impact, but had none—or even improved our air, water, or soil?

The next step in sustainable production is the circular economy. We are leaving behind the old ideas of make, use, dispose and the wasteful world that is the result of that tired, linear thinking. The future is one in which products are made transparently; are built to last; hold value throughout their use phase; and at end-of-life can be transformed, recovered, or otherwise improve the environment.

 

I’m absolutely thrilled to invite you to an event I’ve been working on for the past six months with the ladies from Eco-Chick on Thursday, November 3rd, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. It’s called Our Sustainable Future: How the Approaching Circular Economy will Change Fashion, Cars, and Buildings for the (Much) Better.

We have an architect who worked on Carmel Place, the micro-apartment concept in Manhattan, the sustainability leads from two pioneering corporations in automotive and fashion, a former human rights lawyer turned sustainable fashion pioneer, and the foremost expert on cradle-to-cradle thinking.

In short, it’s going to be a night of huge, cross-industry ideas.

To entice you even further, we’ll have cocktails by Owl’s Brew, healthy bites by SweetGreen, beverages by Health-Ade Kombucha, and we found the gorgeous venue through the platform Splacer! It’s at: 5 West 28th St. 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (between B’Way and 5th)

You can RSVP here.

The Panelists

Mari Kay Scott - Executive Director Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, General Motors

Mari Kay Scott – Executive Director Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, General Motors. Scott ensures GM’s operations effectively measure and manage their environmental performance and reduce their carbon footprint through energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy use. Scott joined GM in 1984 and has held positions in engineering, maintenance and manufacturing. More than half of her career has been spent in the GM Worldwide Faculties Group managing environmental compliance. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.

Anna Gedda - Head of Sustainability, H&M Group. Anna Gedda was appointed Head of Sustainability at H&M in January 2015 and also became a member of the company’s executive management team. Before taking over as Head of Sustainability at H&M, Anna Gedda held different roles at the H&M Sustainability Department from 2008 onwards, including Social Sustainability Program Developer and Social Sustainability Manager. Anna, with a background at the Ministry of Finance, holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor degree in Business and Economics.

Anna Gedda – Head of Sustainability, H&M Group. Gedda was appointed Head of Sustainability at H&M in January 2015 and also became a member of the company’s executive management team. Before taking over as Head of Sustainability at H&M, Anna Gedda held different roles at the H&M Sustainability Department from 2008 onwards, including Social Sustainability Program Developer and Social Sustainability Manager. Anna, with a background at the Ministry of Finance, holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor degree in Business and Economics.

Ammr Vandal - Associate Principal, NArchitects; who will discuss the micro-apartment concept and LEEd certification.

Ammr Vandal – Associate Principal, nARCHITECTS. Ammr received a Master of Architecture from GSAPP at Columbia University, after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Wooster, in Ohio. Prior to joining nARCHITECTS, she trained in New York, Caracas, and Pakistan. At nARCHITECTS, Ammr has led several award winning projects at the office, including Carmel Place (micro apartments), Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn, and Forest Pavilion in Taiwan and is currently Associate Principal-in-Charge of A/D/O in Brooklyn.

Lewis Perkins - Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute President

Lewis Perkins – President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Prior to joining C2C, Lewis consulted to companies both big and small on creating programs and awareness for environmental and social initiatives. Perkins led the “green” charge as director of sustainable strategies for The Mohawk Group, a leading carpet manufacturer and commercial division of Mohawk Industries.  Perkins has served in a strategic role with such organizations as The Clean Air Campaign, 360i, USWeb/ CKS and The Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center.

Eco-Chick‘s founder, Starre Vartan, will be moderating.

All around, it’s going to be an amazing night that inspires you, makes you think, and gives you the opportunity to network and connect with likeminded people in the New York City sustainability scene.

RSVP here!