Circular Economy Integration for Sustainability Education in the Built Environment and Other Disciplines

On 28 July, 2022, a webinar related to the joint research project between RMIT and four universities (University of Peradeniya, TERI School of Advanced Studies, Asian Institute of Technology, and Arabaev Kyrgyz State University) was held. The two-hour webinar underscored the pivotal role for education to provide a holistic view on Circular Economy (CE) concepts and implementation in local and global built environment contexts.

Five case studies from Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Kyrgyzstan were presented, including initial data analysis, and the limitations of CE implementation at the level of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, demonstrating the need to move to the higher order of R-principles, especially on ‘regeneration, refuse and rethink’.

Approximately 44 participants from education, industry, and communities participated, with a Q&A session delving into the case studies, R-principles, how to implement CE concepts, and challenges with implementation. The presentation ended with recommendations to be considered for further research in the project, and provided a great opportunity to engage with audiences regarding the initial findings of this research project.