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Industrial Symbiosis, Circular Economy Workshop (Seattle, WA)

October 3, 2019, 10:00 am2:00 pm


With support from the Department of Commerce, Light House (home of the National Industrial Symbiosis Program – NISP) and the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure are pleased to invite you to an Industrial Symbiosis Workshop at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport on October 3, 2019 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM.

In response to direction provided by the Washington State Legislature, the Washington State Department of Commerce is seeking input regarding the establishment an industrial waste coordination program (“IWC Program”). The IWC Program will help businesses in the state to identify and implement industrial symbiosis opportunities.

Industrial symbiosis is an industrial ecosystem where unused or residual resources of one company are used by another. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits. It is a process involving several companies – firms that complement one another provide mutual added value through efficient use of raw materials, technology, services and energy.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, 2019

This workshop will provide an opportunity for regional businesses to provide their input into a potential Washington State IWC Program, and to identify potential industrial symbiosis opportunities for their businesses by ‘test-driving’ the NISP model.

If you can’t make this workshop, you are welcome to join other NISP workshops in locations near the WA-BC border, in Vancouver,BC on Sep 26 and Trail, BC / Lower Columbia on Oct 9. With NAFTA / USMCA in place, there are likely valuable cross-border industrial symbiosis partnerships as well.

NISP® helps companies and other types of organizations to identify opportunities for resource collaboration. Primarily focused on material exchange, but also including other resources such as research expertise, transportation, and logistics, NISP® has been shown in 35 other regions around the globe to be an effective mean of creating economic, environmental and social benefits to businesses and surrounding communities.

This workshop aims to:

– Find ways of turning waste by-products into valued resource inputs.

– Reduce waste management costs.

– Generate new business opportunities.

– Increase the size and diversity of your business network.

– Identify means of improving environmental performance.

– Expand the regional circular economy and drive innovation.

Workshop agenda:

– Networking breakfast.

– Welcoming remarks, keynote speaker, and overview workshop format.

– Round-table idea generation and resource matching (1.5 to 2 hours).

– Recap of the day’s achievements and synergies discovered.

– Light lunch with additional networking and to launch post-workshop follow-up by NISP® practitioners.

The principle behind Industrial Symbiosis is simple: Instead of being thrown away or destroyed, surplus resources generated by a manufacturing or ‘maker’ process are captured and then redirected for use as a new input for another process by one or more other companies, providing a mutual benefit or symbiosis.

These mutually profitable links are not restricted to materials. Other potential linkages can be based on such resources as: energy, wastewater, transportation, warehousing and expertise.

If you want to build your business network, achieve cost savings, generate sales from new markets, and contribute towards creating an environmentally sustainable economy – register now!

After the workshop, participants will receive reports regarding matches made during the workshop.

Practitioners will provide follow-up to move ideas into business realities.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188 United States
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