Circular Economy: Principles & Applications

An overarching framework that combines strategies and tools to sustainably produce the things we need—using fewer materials, gaining economic and personal rewards, and allowing everything & everyone to thrive. 6 weeks

  • 100% online
  • 5+ practitioner talks
  • Business & operational tookit
  • 6 weeks / 5 hours per week
  • Wide-ranging case studies
  • Financial aid available

Realize the full impact of circularity

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    Take climate action while doing what you love

    Using circular economy principles in the industry and profession of your choice - designing clothes, building houses, planes, or other beautiful products - is your quickest route to climate action. It is applicable now and offers a range of advantages over how we make stuff now.

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    Build your network of circular practitioners

    The global community you join will be your one-stop shop for everything circular economy. From finding business associates and thought partners to relevant resources, frameworks, and data, this community is open to you forever and will keep growing with future cohorts.

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    A practical toolkit for every industry and function

    The skills you pick up in the program will enable you to run workshops, do measurement-reporting-verification (MRV) evaluations, calculate the ROI on circular practices, and outline implementation pathways specific to your organization.

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Sustainability Manager

Cotswold Fyre

UK

World-class Instructors and Guest Lecturers

Jannis Kempkens

Circular product & sustainable materials lead at Circology & biodegradability expert at Precious Plastic

Program Creator

Jannis is a designer and material researcher working on the intersection of design and science. He is co-founder of Circology, a circular design and material research studio supporting companies in their journey towards circularity. In his role, he is focused on the design and materiality of the products we create as well as the systems that come with them. Additionally he works with the Precious Plastic community on driving bottoms-up development of new techniques and materials for a world with less plastic pollution.

Austin Evarts

Circular Economy startup support at Urban Future Lab & Co-president of New York Techstars Chapter

Program Creator

Austin is a technology entrepreneur and startup community leader based in New York City. He currently manages programming and support for circular economy- and climate tech-focused startups at the Urban Future Lab, New York City’s longest running cleantech startup incubator. Austin is also Co-President at the New York chapter of Techstars where he focuses on community building and engagement for Techstars’ largest city hub. Austin previously co-founded and led a SaaS marketing technology business called GoChime to a successful acquisition. Austin is a longtime student of the circular economy and is excited by the intersection of innovation and positive environmental impact.

Our guest lecturers

Michelle Tulac

Ellen McArthur Foundation

Oakley Jennings-Fast

Director of Circular Economy at Smart Waste

Simran Suri

‍Analyst at Equal Ventures

Gene Homicki

Co-founder and CEO myTurn.com

Sydney Harris

Senior Associate at Product Stewardship Institute

Elise Motalli

‍Service Designer

Garr Punnett

Chief of Staff & Sustainability at Rheaply

Morgan Williams

‍Systems thinking and human-centered design at Meld Studios

Joseph Klatt

‍‍Operations Lead, Precious Plastic

Pranav Khanna

‍UN/CEFACT - Contributor - Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains : Textile and Leather Sector

Elias Stahl

‍Co-founder and CEO, HILOS

Exceptional peers & alumni

Our alumni come from design, product, supply chain, sales, engineering, and various other functions from a wide range of industries and they are committed to climate action. Collaborate with them as you start your circular economy and climate action journey.

The program breakdown

Get a primer on the circular economy, its relevance to various industries, and a detailed syllabus

Personalized and relevant instruction

The program is designed to help you find opportunities for circularity within your function or industry. The classes are focused on giving you an insight on how the circular economy works and are paired with case studies and assignments to help implement your learnings.

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    Expert lectures

    Once a week, you will meet experts in an interactive small-group session for:

    • Presentations on circular economy applications across industries
    • Energetic Q&A with the speakers
    • Discussions and debates with other cohort members
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    Action-oriented learning

    Learn to apply circular principles in your work or personal life through:

    • Global case studies from fashion, CPG, consumer electronics, and more
    • Toolkit that allows you to conduct workshops, run evaluations and advise organizations on circularity
    • Practical understanding of waste stream utilization, sustainable packaging and other concepts
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    Community of sustainability champions

    Build relationships with a community of climate-concerned professionals:

    • Active community of experienced professionals with unique expertise to share
    • Share notes on how different industries and functions are moving on sustainability and implementing a circular economy

Pricing and expected commitment

Price

Circular Economy: Principles & Applications

/ 6 Weeks Merit/need-based financial aid

  • 6 week duration, with 5 hours of time commitment per week
  • Each class has fellows split into groups of 20-25 with extensive skills, background, and passion
  • 100% online, with instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email
  • 3+ guest lectures, also available for later viewing

Who is this program for?

Designers, materials researchers, supply chain managers, communications professionals, policymakers and more—transitioning to a circular economy requires everyone to join the sustainability journey. This course is for you if:

  • You want to help make the company you work for more sustainable while unlocking business opportunities
  • You want to become an entrepreneur within the space of the circular economy
  • You’re looking for a community of design, product, and engineering professionals in circular economy
  • You want to help grow the circular economy in your area through policy, activism or smart choices
  • You’re already an expert working in a circular economy company.
  • You don’t have the time to commit to a deep dive right now (you can always apply for later cohorts)
Price

Circular Economy: Principles & Applications

/ 6 Weeks Merit/need-based financial aid

  • 6 week duration, with 5 hours of time commitment per week
  • Each class has fellows split into groups of 20-25 with extensive skills, background, and passion
  • 100% online, with instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email
  • 3+ guest lectures, also available for later viewing

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