Incubating the Circular Economy at The Plant

Jonathan Pereira

Plant Chicago

Previous to Plant Chicago, Jonathan Pereira worked as an informal science educator for over 15 years in a variety of urban settings. He developed numerous innovative programs such as Greencorps Youth Program in Chicago, and the Greentrack at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School in New York City. In 2012, he was nominated for the Zayed Future Energy Prize (Global High Schools) along with his students in New York. He has had a career as a performer, writer and solo satirist for close for over a decade. He holds a BS in Geology and Spanish from Bates College and a Masters in Education in Science Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.As the Executive Director of Plant Chicago, he’s working to bring the circular economy to life at the facility scale and working outwards toward the neighborhood and the city of Chicago. He sees a future where businesses work together to ensure that both the economy and environment are thriving.


The circular economy promises a transformation of economic activities away from the dominant linear economy's “take-make-waste” paradigm. However, the concept has been mainly been applied at the level of products and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Weslynne Ashton (Illinois Institute of Technology)
  2. Jonathan Pereira (Plant Chicago)
  3. Eric Weber (Plant Chicago)
  4. Andre Nogueira (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Business and industry practices / case studies , • Circular economy


TS-1 » Sustainable business models and circular economy (09:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room D)

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