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An Imagine Austin Speaker Series on how to fight environmental injustice and inequality by building a circular economy.

Join us for the next Imagine Austin Speaker Series featuring Dr. Garry Cooper. In his talk, Garry will discuss the role of the circular economy in combating inequality and environmental injustice. He will also elaborate on the need for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) voices in this sector and how communities and governments can better support BIPOC circular entrepreneurship.

What is the Circular Economy?

A circular economy is an economic system where waste is designed out, and products are kept circulating in productive use at their highest value for as long as possible. Want to learn more before the event? Learn more about the circular economy, and the City of Austin's Circular Economy Program.

Our Speaker

Dr. Garry Cooper is the Co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to better visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical resources. He also serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, the faculty of Northwestern University, and the investor team at LongJump. Previously, Dr. Cooper facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Dr. Cooper has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 lists, and as a Scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs. Dr. Cooper has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a U.S. patent. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University, a Certificate in Management from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BS & BA from Indiana University.

The City of Austin Imagine Austin Speaker Series (which is always free) brings in thought leaders and national experts from around the country to speak about issues pertaining to land use, transportation, development, the economy, education, workforce development, the built and natural environment, green infrastructure, social equity and sustainability to promote and implement Austin’s vision for the future, the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. Learn more

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Dr. Gary Cooper