Dates will be determined once the companies sign up for the program.
Sessions will take place at the locations of the participating companies. TBD
The program is free for manufacturing companies in Cleveland.
The program is designed and delivered by Venture Forward Strategies and funded by Circular Cleveland, a Robert Wood Johnson grant-funded initiative of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and The City of Cleveland’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability & Climate Justice.
The cohort will engage in 5 facilitated sessions (3 in-person and 2 virtual) to learn about circularity and discover connections and opportunities for reusing and recycling waste and byproducts through a material marketplace and other exchanges. VFS will guide the companies in identifying the first, next, and bold steps toward adopting sustainable and circular practices.
Through the Circular Manufacturing Program, participants gain:
Ways to reduce cost by diverting materials from landfill
An understanding of sustainability
Best practices in sustainable and circular manufacturing
New connections with peer companies and knowledgeable practitioners on topics such as design for circularity, energy efficiency, waste, and sustainable resource productivity
Actionable steps to performing a waste and byproduct assessment
Connections to material marketplaces
Small or Medium Manufacturing company located in the City of Cleveland
Cost and Engagement:
The program is free for participating companies
We encourage participating companies to send 2 or more people to each session
Each company must have one point person who attends all sessions
Others can rotate and attend the most relevant sessions
The exact dates will be determined once the companies sign up for the program. In-person sessions will take
place at the locations of the participating companies, which will be determined. In-person meetings will
start at 7:00 am and end at 9:30 am. Phoenix coffee and breakfast pastries will be served.
Cohort 1 — January 2023 – March 2023
Cohort 2 — March 2023 – May 2023
Module 1 – (In-person meeting 7:00 am – 9:30 am) (See module details below)
Basics of Sustainability
Byproduct and Waste Inventory, Byproduct & Waste Assessment
Module 2 – Virtual
Ohio Material Marketplace
Module 3 – In Person
Designing for Circularity and Byproduct Synergy
Module 4 – Virtual
Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Module 5 – In Person
Sustainability Strategy and Employee Engagement
Byproduct & Waste Assessment Report Out, Review Data, Next Steps
What is a Circular Economy? In our current economy, we take materials from the Earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste – the process is linear. In a circular economy, by contrast, we stop waste from being produced in the first place. The circular economy is based on three principles, driven by design: Eliminate waste and pollution, Circulate products and materials (at their highest value), and Regenerate nature. It is underpinned by a transition to renewable energy and materials. A circular economy decouples economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. It is a resilient system that is good for business, people and the environment. Source: What is a circular economy? – Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Who is Venture Forward Strategies? Venture Forward Strategies (“VFS”), led by partners Victoria Avi and Danielle Doza, provides sustainability consulting for business. VFS supports clients by building their capacity to advance sustainability strategy, reporting, employee engagement, waste reduction, and providing solutions to unique sustainability challenges. We help companies create more value for all stakeholders by integrating social responsibility and environmental sustainability into strategy and operations. Learn more at www.VentureForwardStrategies.com
Module 1 (In-person meeting 7:00 am – 9:30 am) Basics of Sustainability; Byproduct and Waste Synergy and Assessment
Objectives of the Program and module 1.
Reframing of climate and waste as symptoms of an unsustainable system.
Concepts of linear vs. circular process
Waste as a resource
Circularity as a framework for sustainable practices
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