Zero Waste Society: Dream or Reality? [Events]

May 16, 2011 by  
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Date: 19 May 2011

Time: 4 -5.30pm

Venue: MEWR Theatrette , Environment Building, #4-00, Singapore 228231

Speaker: Professor Jim Baird, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre (CEC)

Zero Waste has become a term widely used in national and regional organisations to support intensive programmes of waste reduction, recycling and recovery. However, the term can generate confusion – is it about no waste to landfill or even the possibility that society become so efficient that no waste is generated?

In reality what really matters is the journey rather than the destination and if regulatory and fiscal policies align to promote waste and its constituent materials as having inherent value then the zero waste dream will, in part, be realised. Professor Jim Baird, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre (CEC) will share on some of the key milestones on the journey and set out how Scotland and the rest of the UK have set a course towards a more resource efficient society.

About the Speaker

As a Chartered Waste Manager and Civil Engineer, Professor Jim Baird has been involved in academic, contract research and development contracts and consultancy projects. As part of his academic work he maintains a strong interest in the study of policy drivers in achieving more sustainable waste management practices, and has travelled throughout Europe, North America, and the Far East, in reviewing regional waste strategies. His environmental interests extend to wider sustainability issues with the development of research programmes in carbon management and footprinting, engaging communities in environmental decision making, and the role of sustainable design and practice in construction.

Register at the Singapore Environment Institute website.

Source: Singapore Environment Institute

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