Intensive Study Programme Bucharest 2019

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Towards a Circula Economy for Romania's Capital City

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Key dates of the Bucharest Intensive Study Programme

Why waste is a challenge for Bucharest

  • There is a serious lack of an action-driven waste management system for individual consumers
    • What do we do now with the used clothing items, paper, glass, the oil used in cooking, batteries, printers, used tires, plastic (bottles)?
    • What could we do differently (better) for the environment?
  • Too few companies are using circular economy in their business model
    • How do we convince more companies to integrate circular economy principles of reduce, reuse, recycle?
  • Serious lack of education for adults on waste management (at home, at work)
    • How do we convince consumers to reduce, reuse, recycle various items?

The Bucharest Ecosystem of Circular Economy

The Bucharest Ecosystem of Circular Economy, author: Dr. Daniela Staicu, Atelier Merci Charity

Focus Topics and Activities

  • Exploring Bucharest‘s ecosystem for circular economy
  • Focus: Recycling, waste management and circular economy
  • Cooperation with social businesses already active in the field of waste management:
  • Core question: How to strengthen the capacity of social enterprises based in Bucharest?
  • This will start by addressing concrete challenges the social businesses are currently facing

Mission of the Bucharest Community Innovation Lab

  • A space (online and onsite) promoting a new approach to promote creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and skills for designing innovation in close cooperation with the communities in which the University is embedded. Hosted by the Bucharest University of Economic studies.
  • A learning tool to achieve the main goal of the project: to develop, establish and maintain a new framework for linking University to its local communities.
  • A starting point for co-creation and co-founding of local entrepreneurial solutions to local problems.
  • A voice for the local challenges and the change makers (social entrepreneurs, businesses interested in implementing circular economy principles, etc).