Waste: A Solutions Agenda e-Dialogue

10:00AM to 12:00PM December 10, 2014
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Jean Macgregor

Tune into a CRC Research Connections e-Dialogue session on waste management, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

‘Waste’ does not exist in nature. Ecological systems continually recycle water, minerals and nutrients through an interplay between sunlight energy, primary producers (e.g. plants), consumers (e.g. animals) and decomposers (e.g. bacteria). Addressing our waste requires us to align with these cycles and engage in a type of production and consumption that will allow for our material outputs to return to production/consumption systems as inputs. Communities and regions throughout Canada and around the world are attempting to tackle challenges associated with waste by implementing policies and best practices to manage their waste, such as life-cycle management, producer take-back systems, biomimicry, industrial parks, moving to zero waste, landfill gas recovery, carbon restorative buildings and many other innovations.

This conversation brings together innovators and community practitioners with the Community Research Connections (CRC) team to discuss waste management in Canada. Through this conversation, participants will discuss existing and new innovations in waste management in this country and explore how communities can move toward sustainable waste management. 

The session will be moderated by Royal Roads Prof. Ann Dale, Principal Investigator of the Community Research Connections program. The research panel includes:

  • Prof. Ann Dale, Professor, Royal Roads University
  • Chuck McKenna, Manager, Resource Management, Nova Scotia Environment
  • Stani Veselinovic, Manager, Hornby Island Recycling Depot
  • Brian Roberts, Founder, Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op
  • Stephen Salter, President, Farallon Consultants Limited
  • Marika Smith, Executive Director, Compost Education Centre
  • Rebecca Foon, Planner with Sustainability Solutions Group
  • Yuill Herbert, Co-Director, Sustainability Solutions Group
  • Rob Newell, Research Associate, Community Research Connections

Register for the e-Dialogue here.

Stimulate your thinking on this critical topic by watching Food for Thought, a video recently released on HEADTalks. Created through a partnership between the Community Research Connections program and students of Royal Roads University's Professional Communications program, this video is an illustration of food wastage in Canada and aims spurring thinking on how we can better use food resources.