Event: Dematerialization: Transitioning to an Economy without Waste

Event Description: 

March 7, 2012
11:30AM to 2:00PM
(lunch from 11:30am - 12:00pm)
Segal Graduate School of Business
Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Transitioning to an Economy without Waste

SOUTH OF THE FRASER - March 6,2012
VANCOUVER - March 7,2012
NORTH SHORE - March 28,2012

Economic growth brings challenges as we attempt to reconcile the consumption of materials with the finite limits of resources extracted from the earth. There is a growing need to increase resource productivity, improve quality of life, and ensure continued economic prosperity that is not based on increased consumption of materials and energy throughput. This need signals significant changes to our current economic system changes that mark the transition to an economy without waste. What would such a transition look like? What societal impacts might such a transition entail? What is the role for businesses and organizations, for producers and consumers, in transitioning to a new economic system?

Metro Vancouver is pleased to host this next series of Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues. The Dialogues are a key component of our Sustainable Region Initiative (SRI), and are intended to help the citizens of Metro Vancouver shape the future of the region by presenting a range of views to challenge and stimulate discussion on significant regional issues. Metro Vancouvers view is that the exploration of new and innovative approaches to regional issues by a broad spectrum of interested stakeholders is fundamental to the ongoing livability and sustainability of our region, and your participation in these dialogues is therefore both encouraged and greatly valued.
We look forward to seeing you at our Dematerialization series. We will continue hosting a number of dialogues throughout the region in 2012 and encourage you to check out our website to find out about sessions coming to your community.