Economic Development Cowichan has partnered with the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and Synergy Foundation to host a virtual lunch and learn exploring a vision of a thriving circular economy in Cowichan.
A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. Participants will learn the basics of the circular economy concept and how it can increase economic opportunity and resilience in Cowichan.
The free event takes place virtually on Thursday, Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
“The circular economy is a new mindset for business which recognizes that for communities to thrive, business and the environment need to work in concert,” said Barry O’Riordan, manager of Economic Development Cowichan. “Business leaders that understand this tool may find innovative ways to drive business growth that aligns with their customers’ values.”
The session will cover circular economy basics, explore examples of local and global businesses operating within the circular economy, and identify local opportunities to increase economic opportunity and resilience while having a positive impact on the environment.
“In many ways, shifting to a circular economy is a combined effort to leverage our innovation and technology of the new green economy era, while drawing on inspiration from traditional and natural processes,” noted Jen Fraser of Synergy Foundation, facilitator of the session.
For more information and to register for the event, visit Economic Development Cowichan’s website at ecdevcowichan.com.