Focus Areas

Materials

Vision 2050 calls for closed loop design and phasing out landfills by 2050, a significant challenge compared with where we are today. Implementing material reuse programs, increasing US recycling rates and recovery of sufficient amounts of clean usable materials for reuse are critical to confronting this challenge. Join a discussion about how current and proposed programs and policy alternatives can be scaled to solve this problem.

Water

It is increasingly critical that business leaders focus on watershed management strategies beyond their fence-line to ensure long-term sustainability of this critical shared resource, as well as their competitive position in a region. Learn how the US BCSD, University of Virginia, and WBCSD tools and processes are being linked to facilitate collaboration and develop the understanding and trust needed to break down silos and take effective strategic action to protect regional water resources.

Ecosystems

Extreme weather and environmental disasters are occurring more often and with greater intensity, interrupting business supply chains. Green infrastructure and natural capital-based solutions offer lower cost alternatives and greater resilience to natural disasters and environmental changes than traditional infrastructure. Businesses can gain a competitive advantage by building robust natural systems to ensure the sustainability of operations. Learn about the US BCSD and WBCSD’s joint Business Ecosystem Training and how your company can get involved.

Energy

Buildings worldwide account for an astounding 40% of global energy consumption. Businesses are faced with the challenge of reducing energy consumption to shape and drive the world’s energy consumption profile. Learn how to cut consumption and reduce energy demand by improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, related equipment and operating processes and practices.