Circular Cities


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Inclusive Circular Economy Ecosystems

Climate change, global pandemics, rapid population growth, and systemic racism—these are among the issues that threaten our existence and societal fabric. The private and public sector must align to face these directly. Yet each sector faces challenge in doing so.
Working with stretched operating budgets, many cities face a lack of waste infrastructure and rampant inequality combined the burden of systemic racism. Many are looking for upstream, regenerative solutions that can protect constituents and bring new innovations to scale.
Simultaneously, the private sector is facing its own unique set of complex challenges that are changing the face of how companies think, work, and innovate. How will a company stay ahead of the competition in an environment of continual disruption? How will it maintain an effective supply base and competitive pricing amidst resource scarcity? How will it maintain trust of key stakeholders and loyal consumers?


The Circular Cities Coalition facilitates the transition from a linear take-make-waste economy to a new regenerative and circular economic platform. The Coalition designs and implements impactful community-based programs while ensuring alignment to broader business and municipal government goals.
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Prioritize Marginalized Communities
We prioritize marginalized communities in each geography we operate in, with a focus on economic mobility. Each circular city engagement provides communities a platform to be the first to benefit from the transition to a more inclusive economic model, and assume ownership of advancing the circular transformation locally.
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Upstream Circular
Business Models
While much of the focus on the circular economy relies on downstream interventions, the economic opportunity of upcycling waste is limited at best. The Circular Cities Coalition focuses primarily on upstream innovations such as Product-as-a-Service models, product life extension, and sharing platforms that are the antithesis of mass-consumerism.
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Inclusive Circular
Leveraging the policy agreement in the European Green Deal which incentivizes upstream business models, mandates the right to repair products and bans single-use plastics, PYXERA Global advocates for circular policy change in all communities we operate in, while also advocating for adjacent policy areas such as economic mobility, and racial & environmental justice.


How Your Organization Will Benefit

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community-owned transformation
  • Rise of economic mobility in marginalized communities, with increased access to economic opportunity and ownership of the circular transformation
  • Local communities have a seat at the table in creating the workplaces of tomorrow
  • Increased public trust that the elected officials are prioritizing the needs of the local constituents
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Inclusive and regenerative
business models
  • Designated circular economy incubator to potentially test and scale new innovations
  • Integrated approach to embed circularity throughout the entire value chain, aligning economic transformation both internally and externally
  • More authentic communication between local governments, civil society, and business
  • Sustainable market development and growth


Inclusive Circular City Design: A Regenerative Roadmap

With once-in-a-lifetime events such as pandemics, civil uprisings, and major climate events taking place on a seemingly
consistent basis, the urgency to design new, regenerative economic models is critical for social, environmental, and economic stability.
Join the author of Green Swans & Thought Leader John Elkington, Founder and CEO of Metabolic Eva Gladek, Managing Director at
Closed Loop Partners Bridget Croke, Senior Manager of Circular Economy & Sustainable Solutions at Enel North America Peter Perrault,
and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at PYXERA Global John Holm, for an informative webinar as they discuss the vast potential
and limitations of the Circular City concept and the current enabling environment.

Inter-Policy School Summit

While the term “circular economy” is rapidly becoming a hot topic in the private, public, social, and academic sectors to market the transformation of a new regenerative economic platform that “designs out waste and pollution”, “keeps products in use” and
“regenerates natural systems”, the fact of the matter is that the majority of the world’s population responsible for this transition
is implicitly and sometimes explicitly not included in this conversation. While it is critical that we engage the most marginalized
stakeholder groups to authentically take ownership of the circular transition and localize the circular economy to solve the problems
that are most pressing in their own respective communities, candid dialog and goodwill is not enough. To truly and meaningfully
transition to a regenerative and inclusive circular ecosystem, the creation, enactment, and enforcement of policy must be front and
center to create authentic change.
In that context, PYXERA Global partnered with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy to create a living laboratory
for regenerative and inclusive circular economy policy creation. Leveraging PYXERA Global’s existing projects and partners, leading graduate and post-graduate policy students from around the world collaborated virtually and curated 5 distinct policy papers –
ranging from Tribal Nation and Tribes in Alaska and Montana, Waste Collectors in Ghana, to bubble tea in Singapore – focusing on
an “Inclusive Circular Economy” policy theme. In the final report, you will capture a detailed glimpse of policy’s crucial role in creating
a regenerative and inclusive economic platform – with three of these projects currently underway. We hope you find the report inspirational for your next circular project!
Click here to learn more about our thought leadership in Circular.

Will You Choose a Sustainable Future for All?

Will the public and private sector actively come together to and accelerate regenerative systems that
lead to a sustainable future for all?

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