Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber Foundation, Arizona State University, the City of Phoenix and Republic Services, hosts this unique event that brings together business leaders and industry experts to inspire ideas, strategies and actions on how companies can eliminate waste by design and intention. Through hands-on tours at select companies in the Valley, participants will be inspired and equipped with clear insights and opportunities on which their organizations can capitalize to bring the circular economy to scale.

The tour, which will take place over two days in Phoenix on Oct. 20-21, 2016, will provide participants with deep-dive workshops, interactive peer-to-peer discussions and networking opportunities, as well as examine ways businesses can turn waste into a resource to drive performance, competitiveness and innovation.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the entire bus tour or attend any of the select tour stops at no cost. To register, email or call 202-463-5682. To view the agenda online in its entirety, visit here.

THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2016
9 a.m.
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce | 201 N. Central Ave. | 27th Floor | Phoenix, AZ 85004

Jennifer Gerholdt, Sr. Director, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

John Trujillo, Director, Public Works, City of Phoenix

Patricia Reiter, Executive Director, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Jennifer Mellor, Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

KEYNOTE: Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix
Duke Reiter, Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University
DEPARTURE: Bus tour on Thursday, Oct. 21 departs from the Greater Phoenix Chamber at 10 a.m.
TOUR STOPS: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Intel Corporation: visit at the reverse osmosis water facility
5000 W. Chandler Blvd | Chandler, AZ 85226
12:30  – 1:30 p.m.
Recycled City LLC and Orchard Community Learning Center; hear firsthand how farm partner Orchard Community Learning Center benefits from Recycled City LLC.
911 W. Baseline Rd. | Phoenix, AZ 85041
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Arizona State University: Introduction to biomimicry + workshop
Wrigley Hall—ASU | 800 S. Cady Mall | Tempe, AZ 85281


FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016
DEPARTURE: Bus tour on Friday, Oct. 22 departs Hyatt Regency Downtown Phoenix at 7:30 a.m.
TOUR STOPS: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Resource Innovation Campus: drives economic growth and job creation through education, collaboration and innovation.
3060 S 27th Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85009
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mayo Clinic Hospital tour
5777 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, AZ 85054
12:30  – 1:30 p.m.
Republic Services Cave Creek Transfer Station
1855 E Deer Valley Road | Phoenix, AZ 85043

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation educates the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. To learn more, visit

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. To learn more, visit

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Representing 2,400 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is Arizona’s largest Chamber. The Chamber supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and marketing opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. The Chamber also enhances members’ success by promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community. To learn more, visit


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Posted by Jill Brownley