Rising commodity prices, energy security, waste and pollution are the challenges of our times and we hear about them every day. The circular economy is about turning this challenge into an opportunity - to re-think, re-design and build a positive future. In a resource constrained world it is vital that waste is designed out and products are made to be made again. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was formed in 2010 to inspire a generation to rethink, redesign and build a positive future. The transition to a circular economy presents a huge economic opportunity, worth up to USD 630 billion per annum to the European economy according to a recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey.
Global Action Plan's mission is to inspire, motivate and equip people with practical and creative solutions taking everyone on a transformative journey to more sustainable living. Heather Poore is Youth Project Manager. Having originally joined Global Action Plan as an intern seeking a career in the environmental sector, Heather now works closely with the charity’s Youth Steering Group and volunteers to help give others similar opportunities. Heather was awarded IEMA Graduate of the Year 2011 for her work leading Greenprint 2020. Heather is also a member of the Independent Youth Committee on Climate Change.
Severn Wye Energy Agency is a non-profit company and a registered educational charity. Severn Wye Energy aims to promote sustainable energy and affordable warmth through partnership, awareness-raising, innovation and strategic action. Mark Stead works as part of the education team and coordinates a range of education projects for primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and other educational establishments. Mark will be facilitating the Energy workshop.
Just Idea’s works with a range of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and the public sector, supporting them in a range of activities promoting environmental sustainability, social justice and increasing participation. Director, Helen Garforth, is a highly experienced facilitator, trainer, researcher and communicator. Helen will be facilitating the Sustainable Business workshop.
Graphic Science manages the STEM Ambassador Programme for the Bristol, Bath & Somerset and Gloucestershire regions. The STEM Ambassador Programme is a national, government funded scheme enabling volunteers from Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths backgrounds, to share their expertise and enthusiasm with students. Katy Glazer, STEM Coordinator, will be facilitating the Green Innovation workshop.