Ignite! Video: How to Create a Circular City

By Kelsey Steele

Imagine if you could help add billions of dollars back into your cities’ community and save trillions of dollars by improving existing services. This is possible when you position your city to become a circular city – a city that aims to keep resources in the local supply chain for as long as possible.

At the Supply Chain Revolution’s Saturday Brunch & Learn sessions, we have talked about the importance of always having a supply chain professional in the room when talking about circularity. Supply chain professionals are uniquely well positioned to help design what was previously considered waste back into the supply chain.

To design a circular city, there needs to a be an aggregate for sharing data and resources on outputs and inputs across sectors and businesses within the same region or city. Data around materials, costs, partners, locations, and demand is usually managed by supply chain professionals.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the first circular economy virtual event in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). We had guests from Circular Economy Clubs across the PNW and beyond and got to exchange ideas about how we could further the mission of moving existing businesses and services toward circularity.

In the video, you will find out the key components of a circular city and learn about two cities that are making significant strides towards circularity.  

If you would like to learn more about how supply chains are related to circularity, check out Deborah Dull’s article about how to harness the power of supply chain in your circularity make-over and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s case study on how Re-Tek is repairing and refurbishing technology waste in order to keep IT items out of the landfill.