Oct. 28: Shifting to a Circular Economy: Leaders and Lessons in the Binational Great Lakes Economic Region

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The Council of the Great Lakes Region hosts a sell-out virtual event, a briefing and dialogue around the Circular Economy, with Adam Muellerweiss, Chief Sustainability Officer for Clarios, and Randy Burns, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer for O-I Glass, Inc., sharing their companies’ long-standing, successful recycling practices.  Clarios is the world’s largest manufacturer—and recycler—of vehicular batteries.  O-I Glass is a leading glass manufacturer—and driving demand for recycled glass to incorporate into their products.  Both leaders will share their company’s decades of experience and lessons learned which potentially could be applied to other industries in the Great Lakes—and beyond.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
4-5 pm ET/ 3-4 CT
Via Zoom
Registration required below
Limited to 80 participants

The Circular Economy is getting a lot of attention these days, but it’s nothing new to Clarios, the world’s leader in vehicular batteries and the closed-loop recycling behind it, O-I Glass, Inc. leading glass manufacturer and user of recycled glass. Join this Great Lakes Economic Forum virtual event, hosted by the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

The event will feature Muellerweiss and Burns, two leaders from companies with long-standing and demonstrably effective circular business models. Each of the speakers will brief the convening for approximately 12-15 minutes, giving a ‘TEDx’-style talk, after which the participants will break into discussion groups. The briefing is considered public, but the discussion groups will occur under modified Chatham House Rules, where the participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of participants may be revealed without their explicit permission, in order to facilitate discussion.

Purpose: Convene 30-80 thoughtful leaders and influencers to accelerate a shift to a circular economy in the Great Lakes Region, a region encompassing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, including the U.S. states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. 

Intended Outcomes:

  • Share objectives, approaches, and ‘lessons learned’ from organizations who have long experience operating in a circular economy
  • Build and nurture a network of like-minded professionals, committed to sustainable business in the Great Lakes Region
  •  Identify barriers, challenges, potential approaches, connections, and appropriate points of collaboration to accelerate a shift to circularity in the region
  • Begin a series of dialogues that support, accelerate, and contribute to action for circular approaches in multiple material industries

About the Speakers

Adam Muellerweiss joined Clarios in 2013.  As the company’s Chief Sustainability officer, he is responsible for the development and implementation of The Clarios Sustainability Blueprint and its five pillars: Value, Operational Excellence, Life-Cycle Stewardship, Transparency and Advocacy. The Sustainability Blueprint sets the vision for the world’s largest manufacturer and recycler of automotive batteries – enabling Clarios to build on its pioneering circular economy of batteries and identify opportunities for increasingly sustainable growth. Muellerweiss led the formation and serves as the president of the Responsible Battery Coalition — a coalition of retailers, automakers, academics and NGOs committed to the responsible management of the batteries of today and tomorrow. As a result of these efforts, Muellerweiss was named to the private sector’s Top 75 Environmental Leaders in 2018.

Randy Burns leads O-I’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Government and Public Affairs, and Corporate Communications strategy. His team is focused on advocating for glass packaging and elevating the sustainability of O-I and its products. Randy was appointed Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer in April of 2019 and previously was Vice President of Global Government Affairs and held senior roles in the legal department. Before joining O-I as an employee in 2017, Burns served O-I as outside counsel for 20 years and has more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of advocacy, law, and policy.