The circular economy is an emerging economic model that promotes innovation and creative business models for advancing zero waste practices and products. Join Climate Action Business Association and Save That Stuff for a panel discussion about emerging drivers and opportunities for entrepreneurs working to make wealth from waste. Hear from our panelists about their successes, challenges, and future business opportunities in the circular economy.

This event is part of our Local Emerging Market Series in which we focus on specific industries to encourage dialogue within the local industry. Over the past five years, Massachusetts has become the national incubator for innovative business solutions to climate change. Climate Action Business Association has developed a free series of reports, Local Emerging Market Reports (LEMR) to offer a spotlight on what we see as further opportunities for leadership in the transition to a carbon-free economy. 

About the panelists:

Gavin Bodkin is the Co-Owner and COO of Circular Blu, an award-winning Boston-based startup that re-purposes hospital plastics into sustainable products. Gavin has co-authored multiple studies on the circular economy and presented at several conferences. He was​ ​​awarded​ ​​​​​​the 2015-16 Biogen Fell​o​w​ship, received the Graduate Assistantship Prize in Management and Marketing Department, as well as the Atkin's Dean Fund Prize in 2016.

Joel Dashnaw is a Territory Manager for Save That Stuff, a Boston, MA based resource management company enabling over three thousand New England businesses and institutions to safely and efficiently get rid of paper recyclables and a wide variety of other recoverable scrap materials otherwise destined for the dumpster.

John Lively is currently the Director of Environment and Materials at Preserve , a. Waltham, MA based certified B Corporation who is the leading maker of performance driven and stylish 100% recycled household products. John is a first mover in the green business world, having 18 years of successful entrepreneurial experience in sustainable consumer products.

About Save That Stuff:

Save That Stuff is a recyclable materials waste service company that makes saving customers time and money a top priority, along with responsibly managing the recyclable waste materials they throw away. They help over three thousand New England businesses and institutions safely and efficiently dispose of a wide range of recoverable materials otherwise destined for the dumpster. They operate an independently-owned 100,000 sq. ft. processing facility in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts.


6:00-6:30: Networking

6:30-7:00: Speaker Introductions

7:00-7:45: Q&A

7:45-8:00: Networking

October 19, 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
Old West Church
131 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
United States
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Joseph Carpenter · 617 624 0919
$15.00 USD · Purchase tickets

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