Collaboration for regional sustainable circular economy innovation

Rajesh Buch, Gerald O'Neill, Cassandra Lubenow, Mara DeFilippis, Michael Dalrymple

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11 Scopus citations


Recognizing the looming, long-term sustainability challenges to the metropolitan Phoenix region's economy, environment, and community, City of Phoenix leadership shifted attention to a new paradigm that focuses on integrated resource management, the concept of "zero waste," and the circular economy. Understanding that this effort could not be achieved through current municipal efforts alone, Phoenix turned to Arizona State University, to establish local, regional, and global collaborative networks focused on creating value and economic development opportunities from solid waste streams. Phoenix, Arizona State University, and our local collaborating partners in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors have developed a strategy to build a regional sustainable circular economy focusing on innovations and solutions that support a socially balanced, environmentally restorative, and resource regenerative economy. This strategy involves solutions development, community education and engagement, and the building of a Resource Innovation Campus and incubator focused on attracting resource innovators and entrepreneurs to Phoenix to build viable, market-driven closed-loop resource business models in the region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Engaged Sustainability
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319713120
ISBN (Print)9783319713113
StatePublished - Jun 19 2018


  • Circular economy
  • Decision support
  • Innovation
  • Outreach
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Systems modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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