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COM 450 - 6 By-Product Synergy
Transcript of COM 450 - 6 By-Product Synergy
In nature, waste=food
By-product synergy (BPS)
Single-sector supply loops
Multi-industry BPS -
Applied sustainability LLC
Self-organized vs. eco-industry park
What is it & Why should we care
Changing the system
The synergy among
industries, agriculture and communities resulting in profitable conversion of by-products and wastes to resources promoting sustainability. - EPA
Esty and Porter 1998, Chertow 2007
What are some of the barriers to creating the supply loops?
Source: Geyer and Jackson (2004)
Cabot produces a lot of "dirty" plastic (plastic that's come into contact with food) at our cut-and-wrap facility and it needs a home (NOT landfill!)
Casella now sells our "dirty" plastic to another party that uses it to make plastic substitutes for wood (that goes into outdoor benches, decking, etc).
SEMBA Advisory Board | Grossman School of Business | UVM
Group Exercise: Mini BPS project. Study the materials and instructions you are given.
What steps in Exhibit 2 can help you identify opportunities for creating BPS?
What are some of the barriers? (Hint: Exhibit 1 could be helpful.)