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Energy Efficiency + Material Efficiency = Resource Efficiency

Unlocking the Circular Economy 

Integrating resource efficiency in sustainability strategies

Integrating resource efficiency strategies is a crucial opportunity for moving toward achieving a sustainability plan in the built environment and transitioning to sustainable material management practices. Energy efficiency strategies for buildings and transportation have been at the heart of many policies and research activities in the last decades, and much improvement has been achieved. 


Also, pollution prevention measures have been focused on reducing emissions from the production of steel, cement, chemicals, etc. 


However, it has given less attention to how a more circular economy could reduce emissions through better use and reuse of the resources that already exist in the economy. 


Integrating resource efficiency strategies into a sustainability plan for achieving climate change challenges and better use of resources is imperative. These strategies also support innovations, remanufacturing, and emerging technologies that are the backbone of our economy. 

Enabling the Circular Economy in the Built Environment

The built environment encompasses all aspects of our lives. We construct physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, power supplies, drinking water supplies), create open public space, mitigate pollution effects, and support the natural ecosystem. 


Constructing all these spaces and systems requires enormous quantities of materials. Using and reusing materials productively and sustainably over their life cycles can help the built environment address its material and resource needs while remaining competitive in the global economy--creating prosperity, innovation, and growth.


Cities and regions may have distinct jurisdictions but are not isolated ecosystems for inflows and outflows of materials, resources, and products in connection with surrounding areas and beyond. Materials are sourced, used, and then disposed of as waste within the regional economic system.


Therefore, we need to open conversations about the Circular Economy in cities and regions related to a series of economic activities that can be closed-loop and minimize structural waste. Start-ups can benefit from incubators to develop circular-related projects through access to finance capacity building and collaboration. Further, such exchange may foster innovation and spur emerging technology and innovative businesses that can support the supply chain.

 Remanufacturing – the backbone of the Circular Economy

Remanufacturing is known as the backbone of the circular economy. Remanufacturing is an industrial practice that involves "returning a product to at least its original performance with a warranty that is equivalent or better than that of the newly manufactured product." Thus, from a customer viewpoint, the remanufactured product should be considered the same as a new product.


Remanufacturing offers potential environmental, social, and economic benefits by protracting the life cycle of the used products. It is one of the key strategies that can attain the objectives of the circular economy.

Zero-Waste Circular Economy

A Zero-Waste Circular Economy goes beyond the model of the (3Rs) reduce, reuse and recycle. It proposes a much more comprehensive transformation of our production and consumption patterns to achieve high resource efficiency. The basis of a circular economy is a zero-waste community, where everything that we produce and consume can return safely to nature or the community. Innovation is one of the enablers of achieving a circular economy. It includes building collaborative partnerships and engaging the community to innovate and promote a knowledge-sharing platform. Furthermore, it encourages the start-up of small businesses.

Enhancing digitalization a resource-efficient and circular economy in rural America

The knowledge economy is so hard to find in rural America. What do we need to ​do? We need to design effective strategies that pave the way to build a digital infrastructure that brings more diverse economic activities and industry to the rural region. By doing this, the rural region will build a resilient economy that enables intelligent networks, attract high-tech companies and manufacturing, and creates a career-ready workforce. E-connectivity is more than just connecting households, schools, and healthcare ​centers to each other and the rest of the world through high-speed internet. 


It also increases productivity for farms, factories, forests, mining, and small businesses. E-connectivity is fundamental for economic development, innovation, technological advancements, workforce readiness, and improved quality of life.

Join us Invitation: Community Learning on Material Efficiency

Increasing public awareness on

Energy Efficiency + Material Efficiency

= Resource efficiency 

Unlocking the Circular Economy

• Recognize issues,

• Understand the potential benefits of addressing such issues,

• Equip a community with new knowledge and ways of thinking to tackle the multifaceted problems of economic, social, environmental, and resource depletion.

• Understand the linkage between climate change and Resource Efficiency strategies. 

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 Community Learning on Sustainability 


Problems in the arena of Sustainability encompass many facets of society and involve many stakeholders. One of the most critical stakeholders in public is the community members, business owners, consumers, and voters.

However, when it comes to concerns about Sustainability, members of the public have highly varied understanding and priorities. Increasing community learning on Sustainability can help to create consensus and fill in gaps in knowledge critical thinking. Read more


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