Shannon Goodman is the Executive Director of Lifecycle Building Center (LBC), and a former architect.  Prior to joining LBC , Shannon coordinated a large-scale material salvage effort for the architecture firm Perkins+Will in 2010, from which 62 tons of building materials were reclaimed and donated to 19 organizations, generating $380,000 in material savings. This project led to her co-founding LBC in 2011. Shannon earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech.

Glynn joined MRWA in 2004 after 6 years working with Wirral Council on waste and recycling services. As Policy and Partnerships Officer he is involved in the development of zero waste strategy, advises MRWA on opportunities and implications from national resources and waste policy and collaborates with other organisations who share our zero waste goals.

Before developing his career in resources, Glynn’s environmental work and studies ranged from coastal zone management to urban conservation and caring for woolly monkeys!

Four events in one!

A textiles and upcycling workshop – including mending holes, replacing buttons as well as upcycling and personalising materials (attendees to bring their own items on the day). An electrical workshop – consisting of two events: a drop-in repair session (where experienced fixers will repair minor broken electricals) and a trainee workshop (where guests will learn about the components of a laptop, how to take them apart and then repair/put back together). And a five-hour bike repair course where participants will learn all the basic repair skills.

In-person event: London, E1 (pre-registration required)

Author of ‘Welcome to the Circular Economy – the next step in sustainable living’ (published 09/09/21). Founder of claire potter design – an award winning, Brighton based interior architecture, product design, consultancy and research studio committed to producing innovative, exciting and circular economy design solutions for all clients. The studio works with large corporate clients to create circular solutions for working practices through to local authority behaviour change programmes, including the City of London and Brighton and Hove City Council. Other work include EU BLUEPRINT funded projects, such as an online circular economy education programme for 5-19yr old for Brighton and Hove and also EU Standards writing – as committee expert for ECOS, relating to plastics and the circular design of fishing gear.

Claire is also a Senior Lecturer and Course Convenor on the BSc and BA Product Design at the University of Sussex, in the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex, leading the design team and lecturing in circular economy, design philosophy, design for industry and more.

Claire was also selected as one of the four 2013 BBC Expert Women representing design and architecture in the UK and subsequently media trained by the BBC for direct to camera presenting, radio and on screen interviewing, which has resulted in ongoing on-screen and live appearances for the BBC and production companies.

Studio research is based around aspects of the Circular Economy, related to the impact of design in the process, including reuse, waste redirection into new products, consumer psychology, fixing and design for disassembly – as well as how circularity is taught in education. A particular focus is marine litter and ghost gear, with Claire working with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to research and identify areas for material recovery and reintroduction into the material streams. Claire is the GGGI Replicating and Catalysing Solutions global Working Group Co-Ordinator.

Claire is also a volunteer rep for Surfers Against Sewage in the Brighton area, specialising in marine litter education, beach cleans and positive activism.

Host: Mark Shayler, Author & Circular Economy Expert

Mark works on sustainability, company purpose and coaches businesses and individuals.

Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones.

He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals.

He has saved his clients in excess of £140 million per annum through environmental improvements, has increased sales of products by 8000% by introducing circular economy business models and trained over 2000 people in sustainability.

He has worked for Nike, SC Johnson, Schweppes, Papa Johns, Heinz, Patagonia, Sportsshoes, Interface, Coca-Cola, Seedlip, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He was a lead for the RSA Great Recovery programme of Circular Economy and was once the Head of Environment for ASDA.

He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of two books Do Disrupt, change the status quo or become it and Do Present, how to give a talk and be heard.

He is a coach, workshop facilitator and Qi gong teacher. Mark is also part of the reasons to be cheerful team, which he co-founded in in 2020.

Mikala Pieper, known as Kumu Pieper, and Charles Cravalho are dedicated individuals making significant contributions to sustainability in Hawaiʻi. Kumu Pieper’s background as a UH-Hilo graduate and her commitment to preserving Hawaiian culture drive her work with Hānai Kaiāulu, which focuses on school food waste composting and recycling. She has forged vital relationships with local farms, organized workshops, and demonstrated unwavering dedication to the cause.

Charles Cravalho’s collaboration with Kumu Pieper is crucial in spreading their mission, leveraging his role as a school custodian at Waiākea High School. Together, they educate students about sustainable practices through workshops on bokashi composting and cardboard shredding.

Their innovative “Sustainable Saturdays” initiative, where cardboard is exchanged for mulch and fresh produce in a closed-loop system, not only reduces waste but also supports local farmers and fosters community service among students. This model has the potential to inspire other communities to adopt sustainability practices.

Winning a $25,000 grant and using it to purchase shredders for Oʻahu schools is a significant step toward expanding their initiative and making school food waste composting a standard practice. Their broader vision includes establishing community composting hubs and creating green job opportunities, which can positively impact the local economy.

In response to the coconut rhinoceros beetle infestation on Oahu, they’ve developed innovative solutions like sheet mulching, and compostable packaging/planting pots. These efforts not only mitigate immediate threats but also contribute to reducing plastic waste, aligning with their mission of promoting sustainability and responsible waste management.

Their team’s dedication to preserving Hawaiian culture and fostering a more environmentally conscious future is inspiring, with the potential to make a lasting impact in their communities and beyond.

Kristine Kubat currently serves as the executive director of Recycle Hawaii where she puts a wide ranging background in politics, advocacy, journalism, project management and community outreach in service to the organizations’ mission. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, she is a 40-year resident of Hawaii who lives in Hilo in close proximity to her two children and five grandchildren. Kristine comes to the NRC with a lifetime of involvement in environmental and social justice activism.

Keith has worked for the WRAP for over 15 years and currently as a Specialist in waste and recycling. He has a background in both the private and public sectors, including in local government where he was responsible for the development of waste strategies and front-line service delivery.

At WRAP, Keith employs an evidence-based approach to the development of resource management strategies, behaviour change campaigns, tools, and resources which maximise the value and use of materials. Recent work includes developing a programme of online guidance to improve non-household recycling.