Thursday March 19, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM EDT
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Alexandria Renew Enterprises (for Workshop)
1500 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Leaders in Energy is now part of the Circular Economy Network Map managed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  (Click on the map below and enter "Leaders in Energy Group.") 


The $200 Workshop price includes a Tour of the Alexandria Renew site, working lunch, and follow-on Leaders in Energy Happy Hour. You can also register separately for the Happy Hour for $20 which includes pizza and beer. ($25 for walk-ins) 

The professional networking Happy Hour (6 - 8 pm) will be held at Connect 113, 113 S. Columbus Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Click here to  view the Leaders in Energy discussion on Sustainable Manufacturing and The Circular Economy


Janine Finnell
Clean Energy Ambassador & Founder
Leaders in Energy

 Sponsors include:

Become Partners in Developing the Circular Economy in Your Region by Attending the Workshop & Professional Networking Happy Hour:
 "Sustainable Manufacturing: Building a Circular Economy in the Washington DC/Baltimore MD/Northern VA Region" 
This workshop will examine the potential for companies to manufacture products in a sustainable manner to advance a 21st century economy that operates most efficiently, similar to nature where materials cycle and flow, and nothing is wasted. We will explore how sustainable manufacturing can be developed and flourish in our region to promote overall economic, social, and ecological well-being.  Participants will engage in an interactive exercise on how to apply the principles of a circular economy to their business models and value chains.

Summary Agenda:

  • Start with a tour of the Alexandria Renew Enterprises facilities, followed by a working lunch
  • Introduction and Welcome by Karen L. Pallansch, CEO, Alexandria Renew Enterprises    
  • Presentations
    • Learn what is a circular economy 
    • Hear the benefits and value of a circular economy to your business
    • Discover how businesses can build it: Design for sustainability of products, processes, facilities, and real estate
    • Hear success stories
  • Interactive Exercise: Let's Build It

    The seminar will be conducted by a core team of clean energy and sustainability professionals including:

    Barbara Englehart, Director of Business Sustainability for Leaders in Energy and Principal, Englehart Consulting

    Janine Finnell, Clean Energy Ambassador and Founder of Leaders in Energy

    Silvia Leahu-Aluas, Director of Sustainable Manufacturing for Leaders in Energy and Principal, Sustainable Manufacturing Consulting

    Elvin Yüzügüllü, D. Sc., Renewable Energy Analysis Team Lead for SRA International, Author of "Synergies for Sustainable Energy," and Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University  

    Guest speakers and facilitators include:
       Ken AlstonCEO, President Consulting & Education Services,  MBDC,  Cradle to Cradle® Innovation and Leadership (he will also be a guest speaker at the Happy Hour).


    Joel Yudken, Ph.D., is principal and founder, High Road Strategies LLC, Arlington, VA, an economic policy research, analysis and design consultancy since 2006, with a focus on sustainable manufacturing, energy and workforce issues.

    Who Should Attend?


    Engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, manufacturers, supply chain managers, sustainability professionals, urban planners, city managers, family farmers and others interested in learning about building a circular economy in the Washington DC/Baltimore, Maryland/Northern Virginia region. 


    Why Attend?


    The workshop will provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and confidence to become partners of the region's circular economy. You will leave with valuable ideas on practical changes you can undertake that will lead to a positive, lasting impact on your business and your region.


    We welcome two types of sponsorships:


    The benefits to your organization for all types of sponsorships include in-kind and monetary as described below:

    • Verbal recognition at the start of the workshop
    • Logo and website link on the workshop website and all related materials
    • One free registration for in-kind and monetary sponsorships

    In-kind Sponsorships:

    • Carbon offset certificates (Up to 40 certificates to be distributed to attendees at a minimum of 10 metric tons each)
    • Local organic plant seeds or tree seedlings (Up to 40)
    • Local and/or organic coffee, tea and pastries f(Up to 40 people)
    • Lunch local and/or organic food (drinks, sandwich fixings, fresh fruits) for up to 40 people

    Monetary Sponsorships  ($500-$1,000)


    After the workshop, join the Happy Hour, co-hosted by Leaders in Energy and Alexandria Emerging Technology Center, in Alexandria.

    Featured Professional Networking Happy Hour Speaker 

    (NOTE: The Happy Hour event from 6 - 8 pm will take place at a different location than the Workshop.  The location will be: Connect 113, 113 S. Columbus Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 

    JOHN A. "SKIP" LAITNER will discuss his experience with the circular economy, particularly his work in the Nord-Pas de Calais region in France which has committed itself to a number of strategic objectives which include circular economic principles such as energy efficient networks, recycling and sustainable innovation.
    Skip is an economist, author and lecturer.  He serves as a Senior Fellow (formerly Director of Economic and Social Analysis) for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and now leads a team of consultants, the Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates based in Tucson, Arizona.  
    Author of more than 280 reports, journal articles, and book chapters, Laitner has more than 40 years of involvement in the environmental, energy and economic policy arenas.


     KEN ALSTON is CEO of MBDC, the groundbreaking design chemistry firm William McDonough co-founded with German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. Since joining the firm in 2000, Ken and MBDC have helped leading companies like Berkshire Hathaway’s Shaw Industries (for which the U.S. EPA awarded Shaw the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award), Method, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Centria, Owens Corning, Dow Chemical Company, Procter & Gamble, Alcoa, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service profitably implement the Cradle to Cradle framework for continuous improvement.   In addition, in many instances, these companies proceeded to implement the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Program, which was conceived and developed by MBDC.  Ken has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Applied Chemistry from Brunel University, (West London, UK) and a Masters in Business Administration from Brunel/Henley Management College (Oxford, UK).

     DEVASHREE SAHA, Ph.D. is an associate fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. She has nearly 10 years of policy research and analysis experience, specializing in sources of state and regional economic growth and prosperity with a focus on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy. She has published several highly impactful publications, including on clean energy financing, that have informed state and metropolitan policy making in the United States. Dr. Saha and her research have been cited in numerous media outlets including Newsweek, USA Today, Marketplace, and TIME Magazine.


    We look forward to meeting like-minded individuals, such as yourselves, who are interested in seeing how sustainable manufacturing and circular economy practices can be applied to the Washington DC/Baltimore MD/Northern VA region.


    Janine Finnell
    Founder & Clean Energy Ambassador
    Leaders in Energy