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Implementing the Safe and Circular Economy Design into the Cannabis Industry

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Howie Fendley
Avocado Sustainability Advisors, Co-Founder

Howie, Sustainability Advisor, Chemist and Public Speaker, brings 18 years of specialized safe and circular design experience to clients. His expertise spans multiple market sectors, including personal care, fashion, textiles, interior and exterior building products, formulated products to raw materials. Howie is committed to supporting and promoting safe and circular strategies through key, global collaborations and effective partnerships.

Howie previously worked with Cradle to Cradle® Founder, William McDonough since 2001 as part of the MBDC team, pioneering the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ standards and program.

Jackee Riccio
Cannabis for Conservation, Executive Director

Ms. Riccio has expertise in wildlife management, conservation, and biology, and has applied that experience to developing conservation science in the cannabis industry. She has two degrees from Humboldt State University in Wildlife Management & Conservation, and Archaeology, and has worked in a multitude of habitats and cultural spaces studying wildlife, and our human impact. Her early research and policy work resulted in the management and protection of Salt Island, CT, a previously unmanaged habitat for endangered and threatened nesting shorebirds. Living in Humboldt County, CA, Jackee's conservation work naturally melded with the rise of cannabis. She founded Cannabis for Conservation in 2017, the first 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit in cannabis, and is now establishing on-the-ground conservation programs for local farms. Her passion is centered in empowering communities with the knowledge and resources to support healthy ecosystems.

Kate Christian
EcoCycle, Corporate Sustainability Manager

The hands-on and collaborative nature of sustainability work is deeply rooted within my personal style and skill set and I welcome the opportunity to advance corporate sustainability and zero waste communities. Currently, through my work at Eco-Cycle, I am working to move industries toward greater sustainability by working with early adopters to share their knowledge and best practices to engage and encourage their peers. It is only through collaboration that we will begin to move the needle toward a more circular economy.

Discussion on the positive business benefits of sustainability and circular product design. This panel willl share case studies and specific examples of business value realized by small and large companies through the implementation of strategies focused on: material health and safety, design for the circular economy, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, permaculture and social equity.