Webinar: Circular Economy Integration for Built Environment Education

Date/Time: 28 July, 2022, 17:00-18:30 (AEST), online

The Circular Economy (CE) model has been regarded as a promising solution to solve the limitations of the traditional economy model and contributes significant benefits to triple bottom line (TBL) of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. However, literature and practice demonstrate that CE currently has not yet achieved the full understanding. The implementation of CE is currently the emphasis on “reused, recycled and reduced” causing limits to a holistic and systematic thinking with regard to CE and its implementation to businesses and community. The built environment and other related disciplines are in the same situation. To bridge this gap, it is undeniable that education plays an important role to improve awareness and perception of different stakeholders. To this end, this webinar as part of research outcomes of the ProSPER.Net project ‘Circular Economy Integration for Sustainable Built Environment Education‘ aims to provide initial research findings that will eventually assist businesses and communities, with presentations to be made by the five universities participating in this joint project.

The webinar will highlight circular economy and its concepts related to CE definitions, principles, and implementation within the lifecycle of materials and products. The webinar will commence with CE literature, CE case studies from different countries and preliminary across-analysis. Case studies presented are very diverse exploring place-based and contexts arising from different countries. These case studies will be grounded with practical implementation of CE in a wide range of scenarios, not just CE in theory and textbook-related educational outcomes.

The webinar will conclude with a 20-minute panel discussion as an opportunity to engage with the community to dive into various aspects of circular economy. Finally, the webinar will provide initial recommendations on CE education to support the full understanding of CE to encourage holistic and systematic thinking for CE integration in curricula.

Register for the event here.