Industrial Symbiosis Research Symposium and Industrial Ecology Americas meeting

Event Type: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:30pm
Cartago, Costa Rica
Event Sponsor: 
Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC)
International Society for Industrial Ecology
Center for Sustainable Systems

This is only the second ever Latin America Focused event, and it will gather world leading Industrial Ecology and Industrial Symbiosis experts in Cartago, Costa Rica. Researchers, industry members, practitioners, government members and policy makers from around the globe will discuss the main elements of a successful Eco-Transition in the Americas.

Confirmed key note speakers include:

José María Figueres Olsen, former President of Costa Rica, co-chair of Ocean Unite, board member Carbon War Room
Silvia Hidalgo, organizer of the new Special Economic Zone of Cartago (a new industrial simbiosis effort in Costa Rica)
Luis Madrigal, CEO of Coope Dota, the first ever Carbon Neutral Coffee Brand
Marian Chertow, Associate Professor at Yale University

Two days of conferences and workshops will present success stories and scientific analysis of key topics such has:

The Bio-Based economy
The Food, Energy and Water Nexus
Contributions of Industrial Ecology and Industrial Symbiosis to Green Transformations
Industrial Ecology/Industrial Symbiosis relevance in the Service Industries,
Footprinting and critical material analysis for sustainable planning
Eco-Industrial Parks and the circular economy
Industrial Symbiosis Policies, Successes, and Future Opportunities
Quantifying Industrial Symbiosis benefits for Green Development
Carbon and Water footprinting, Material Flow, Life Cycle and Input-Output Analysis: Examples for business improvement and competitive advantages

An additional day of visits to explore local eco-development opportunities and Costa-Rican sustainable champions is planned for participants.

Please contact us at with any questions and visit for registration and more information.

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