Established and Potential Collaborators
The United States Materials Marketplace pilot project has received overwhelming interest from organizations, government entities and academic institutions around the world. It's been very clear from the beginning that the end goal - a global transition to a circular economy - will require a strong, well-aligned and collective effort from business, government, thought leaders, educators, and on-the-ground implementers.
The Materials Marketplace provides an easily deployable and scalable business solution that is putting companies on the path to circularity. But as a part of the broader objective, we’re fully committed to collaborating with other organizations to ensure complementary strengths, ideas and solutions are brought to the table as well. Here are a few collaborators the project team has been in touch with during the span of the pilot project:
US EPA: Collaborative discussion on sustainable materials management with the US EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response started early on in the pilot project timeline. Through this collaboration, representatives of the project team are active members in the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. The marketplace project also creates a safe space for both businesses and EPA representatives to inform policy to more effectively promote materials reuse. More technical collaboration is also on the table, for example, developing built-in integration of EPA’s WARM model to the materials marketplace software for easy calculation of greenhouse gas reductions.
US State Department and US Department of Energy: Officials in both departments are excited to see how the Materials Marketplace software - as a direct descendant of our US-China EcoPartnership project - can begin fueling the United States economy’s pursuit of sustainable growth. The marketplace project has been recognized for its contribution to the US-China environmental collaboration, and the potential energy efficiency benefits and positive climate change impacts align well with the Department of Energy’s objectives. As a result, both departments have expressed their support in project promotion and have put us in touch with a number of companies interested in getting involved.
Yale University and The Ohio State University: These two academic institutions are natural collaborators for this project and would be in the vanguard of what could grow into an international network of academic collaborators. Both are thought leaders in industrial ecology, and leaders in the connection between real-world business application and cutting-edge academic research. The project team has been interacting closely with the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology and The Ohio State University’s Engineering School for assistance with technical analysis of materials data, reuse opportunity identification, and detailed feasibility studies.
National Recycling Coalition: The National Recycling Coalition is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting and enhancing recycling in the United States, and has a network of more than 6,000 members working in the waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting space. The reality is that not all materials in the Materials Marketplace are applicable for business-to-business reuse. Materials with sporadic and inconsistent availability, low quantities, and unusual qualities may be better utilized by smaller regional players. The National Recycling Coalition’s network will allow us to tap into these solution providers when direct Materials Marketplace connections are non-existent.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a regenerative, circular economy. As a global thought-leader, EMF can be largely credited with bringing the circular economy to the forefront of discussions around the world, including through the Circular Economy (CE) 100 platform, which brings together leading global companies and emerging innovators. Recognizing the potential for collaboration, EMF invited the project team to present the US marketplace pilot methodology and preliminary results to CE100 companies in October 2015 in Milan, and we are actively exploring ways to work together as we head into the second phase of the pilot.