The linear take-make-waste industrial model is no longer viable in the face of rapid population growth, resource constraints, urbanization, water insecurity, and other megatrends. As our global economy continues to grow the challenges of meeting this increasing demand for products and services will be unprecedented. If we continue with the business as usual approach, companies and society will witness a probable surge in price volatility, inflation of key commodities, and an overall decline and in some cases depletion of critical material inputs.
Fast-forward 20 years in the United States. Landfills are becoming obsolete. Market-based incentives have been implemented at a large and harmonized scale. Companies no longer pay for trash collection; they get paid for their trash. Waste has intrinsic value as a resource.
The last 150 years of industrial evolution have been dominated by a one-way or linear model of production and consumption, in which goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, and then discarded as waste.
Water and Energy systems are intertwined. Producing or refining one involves the consumption of the other. This relationship is often referred to as the Energy-Water Nexus, and ensuring that those resources are being used efficiently is an important aspect to increasing resilience.
Water and Energy systems are intertwined. Producing one involves the consumption of the other. This relationship is often referred to as the Energy-Water Nexus, and ensuring that those resources are being used efficiently is an important aspect to increasing resilience.
If successful, we’ll spend the rest of our days harvesting yesteryear’s carpets, recycling old petrochemicals into new materials, and converting sunlight into energy. There will be zero scrap going into landfills and zero emissions into the biosphere. Literally, our company will gro
Water is the world’s most precious resource, fueling everything from the food you eat, to the cotton you wear, to the energy you use. Yet despite the critical role water plays for people and nature, it is a surprisingly finite resource. Less than 1% of the world's water is fresh and accessible. It is also threatened. Population growth, extreme weather, and changing consumption patterns are just a few of the myriad of forces putting freshwater systems increasingly at risk.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is partnering with VOX Global to offer an exclusive day and a half day training program for sustainability professionals. This training program differs from similar training programs in five very distinct ways: