Design, justice, and zero waste: exploring pathways to the circular economy

The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) launch zero waste and circular economy collaborative with international conference May 8 and 9, 2018


Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) host Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to a Circular Economy conference and research collaborative.

Experts from around the world and a variety of fields—designers, architects, business representatives and activists—will share and showcase innovative designs, advocacy campaigns, and scholarly research around the diverse parts of a circular economy. The conference will culminate in the creation of a Circular Economy Action Plan and Research Collaborative for long-term partnerships and information sharing.


Annie Leonard Executive Director, Greenpeace USA, activist, proponent of sustainability and critic of consumerism. Leonard currently serves on the boards of Wallace Global Fund, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Public Citizen, and the Democracy Initiative and has previously served on the boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, GAIA, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India, Greenpeace India, and the International Forum on Globalization.

Dr. Mathy Stanislaus Senior Advisor on Accelerating Circular Economy Practices at the World Economic Forum. Previously, Dr. Stanislaus served as Assistant Administrator in the USEPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, where he led programs around revitalizing communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Joel Towers Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design at The New School. From 2007-2009 Towers was the Dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and Associate Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at Parsons.

Ana Baptista Chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Tishman Environment & Design Center at The New School.


Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2018


The New School University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

TICKETS Admission to the event is free; to register, visit Eventbrtie. Members of the media should RSVP with Scott Gargan at or 212.229.5667 x 3794.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at


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Media Contact:

Scott Gargan
The New School
212.229.5667 x 3794

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