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Circular Economy 360

We are delighted to launch the Circular Economy 360, delivered in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland. In these sessions we will look at reducing costs, increasing your customer profile AND making a positive impact on the environment.


The series consists of five live sessions for the cohort to join and ten interview recordings from leading circular economy social enterprises from USA, France, Northern Ireland, Greece and Austria will follow.

The recorded sessions focus on circular economy organisations, and our live cohort group is for all social enterprise and third sector organisations.

Having an active plan for meeting climate targets, and being able to demonstrate the actions you’re taking, is becoming increasingly important whether you’re approaching funders, investors, the general public, the public or private sector.

Be ready to show your plan of action and the steps you’ve already taken to position your organisation for the future.

Live sessions will run 2-3:30pm on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st May with our final closing live session on the 7th June. By the end of the series you will have looked at how to conduct a simple baseline environmental assessment and have a plan for your organisation on embedding Circular Economy principles into your business.



About your host

Naomi Johnson, SIS Associate

Naomi Johnson is a SIS Associate the current Chair of Circular Communities Scotland and has worked in the circular economy and social enterprise sector since 1998.

She has experience in lobbying and senior policy work to early practical work in establishing and managing waste collection systems at events, including Glastonbury Festival.

Naomi is a well-known face in the social enterprise sector in Scotland. She’s practical and keen to support organisations, bringing a wealth of knowledge, contacts and inspiration to this series.

In the short video below, Naomi explains what you will gain from the Circular Economy 360 sessions:



Why should I attend?

The ability to deal with waste materials and your approach to Net Zero targets is becoming ever more critical.

However much we aim to minimise waste, there are often by-products from our work. Organisations today need to frequently replace electrical equipment to produce and distribute products and services; food and drink catering at events will often incur waste.



The Recorded sessions

Our live sessions are interspersed with inspiring recorded conversations from leading social entrepreneurs from America, Northern Ireland, Austria, Greece and France – with guest speakers popping by in our live sessions too – watch this space!



The Live series

In line with our other Academy Programmes, these sessions will run with expert speakers and maximise input, questions and discussion from all participants. Our five live sessions will run as a cohort group where you work on your organisation’s Net Zero goals. These sessions focus on Circular Economy activities and will be suitable for all organisations that use stuff, operate premises, and develop products.



Circular Economy 360: Canteen conversations - May 31st

Food affects us all whether we have too much or too little. Look at how you can reduce food waste and address food inequality.

Naomi will be speaking with Angela Ivor (Unity Grill), Gerry Boyle (Zero Waste Scotland), and Jon Molyneux (FareShare).

Register for your place here.



Circular Economy 360: Business benefits - June 7th

Understanding how net zero actions can help you reduce costs, engage staff and maximise income.

Naomi will be joined by Michael Cook (Circular Communities Scotland) and Celia Hodson (Hey Girls).

Lorna Slater MSPThis session will also be joined by Lorna Slater MSP, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity.

Lorna Slater was born, raised and educated in Canada. She moved to Scotland in 2000 after earning a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Prior to being elected in 2021, Lorna worked as an engineer, and then a project manager in the renewables sector. During this time, she worked on the Orbital O2 project, the world’s biggest floating tidal turbine.

Lorna has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothian since May 2021. She was elected as a co-leader of the Scottish Green Party in August 2019.

Register for your place here.