Masterclass: Actioning the circular economy in local government in Australia

Tuesday February 9th, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Note: this masterclass is held over 2 sessions on 9 and 16 February, 14:00-17:00pm (AEDT) each day.

About circular economy in local government

Circular economy is a practical and innovative enabler for local government to address current environmental and economic challenges while building thriving and resilient communities. Local government can activate a range of circular policy levers that will:

  • Design out waste and pollution from the outset,
  • Keep products and materials in use for as long as possible
  • Regenerate natural systems along the way.

Purpose of the masterclass

In these 2 online sessions, participants will practically define circular solutions and build a specific action plan to progress their circular economy journey, leveraging proven methods and tools.

Learning outcomes

  • Shift from a linear to a circular mindset
  • Learn about and put in practice circular economy frameworks relevant to local government
  • Learn from guest speakers leading circular economy initiatives in city/regions both in Australia and overseas.
  • Translate circular ideas into actions

Methods and frameworks

Participants will learn about and put into practice best in class methods and tools, including:


2 live online modules delivered using Mural and Zoom.

This event is held over 2 sessions on 9 and 16 February, 2:00pm to 5:00pm (AEDT) each Tuesday.

 Module 1 (3 hours, 9 February)

  • Context on circular economy for local government
  • Explore specific Australian challenges at a system level (activity)
  • International case studies by Jordi Torner, Program Manager at Circle Economy

Short homework activity to deepen the practice

Module 2 (3 hours, 16 February)

  • Circular Region in Australia, a local case study by Tim Askew, Regional Manager at Hunter Joint Organisation
  • Co-creation of circular solutions relevant in Australia (activity)
  • Building your action plan (activity)


This online masterclass is dedicated to stakeholders working in local government (councils, RDA, LGA, etc.) across procurement, economic development, urban planning, strategy, policy, asset management, waste management and sustainability.

Diversity of seniority and background is welcome and encouraged. Having some circular economy background is a plus but not essential.

Limited spots (25 participants)

Fee: $700 + GST, per person.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR EARLY BIRDS: pay $400 (43% discount), select Early Bird package from the ticketing options.

If you want to sign up multiple team members/ whole team, please contact us, as we can offer a group pricing.

Please note that this event will be recorded.

About the facilitator:

Jenni Philippe is a Principal Consultant at Edge and a Circulab certified
consultant. She brings 13 years’ experience in program management and
facilitation, strategy, cultural change, service design / human centered design
with a focus on circular economy. Jenni has worked and led teams on large
strategic transformation projects in France and Australia across government,
telco and financial services. In 2018 she founded CircleCo a strategy and
design agency dedicated to circular economy transition which is now part of
Edge (see more details in our press release here). For the past 2 years, Jenni developed and delivered circular economy education programs, strategy and design for government, non-for-profit and social enterprises

Read more about Jenni, Edge and our evidence based approach to circular economy here.

About Edge

Edge Environment is one of Australia’s best-known sustainability consultancies. We are one of the country’s leading sources of expertise on the circular economy research and strategy, resource recovery and sustainable procurement. At the heart of what we do is a commitment to aligning science, strategy and storytelling to help our clients create value from action on sustainability. Our services span a wide array of disciplines, from strategy and procurement, to lifecycle assessment and waste advisory.

As an organisation, we contribute to the boards and technical working groups of The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS), the Australasian EPD Programme and The Green Building Council of Australia.

Finally, while we spend time advising others to take a leadership position on sustainability and climate change action, we also ensure we “walk the talk”. This includes being a committed member of the BCorp community, as well as having recently had our own Science Based Target verified and approved by the SBTi. We are also the technical partner for Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub initiative.

Testimonials about CE masterclasses

Here are testimonials from a range of stakeholders who have attended past Circular Economy Innovation workshops:

“I thought it was a great workshop Jenni! Engaging, thought provoking and very professionally delivered. Good mix of theory and practice and very easy and intuitive to use the online collaboration miro board to further explore the ideas and challenge my thinking about where all the different leverage points in the system are. Highly recommended!” Senior Project Officer from Sustainability Advantage at NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

“I highly recommend the CircleCo [Edge] circular design workshop for people of all levels of circular economy experience. I’ve been thinking and doing circular for over 20 years and found the power of synergy and collaboration within this program amazing.” Senior Leader from the Australian Circular Economy Hub at Planet Ark.

“This workshop was an excellent balance of theory and practice which helped to keep it engaging and fun but also to deepen the learning. Jenni creates such a collaborative space, even in an online format, which allows everyone to be heard and learn from each other. I would highly recommend this course as an individual and also for companies looking to up skill their staff.” Program manager for Australian Circular Economy Hub at Planet Ark.


Please note – this a third party event we are recommending and not hosted by Bambuddha.


Tuesday February 9th, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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