Skip to main content
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Accelerating the Circular Economy (Epsilon Eta + Institute for the Environment)

September 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Circular Econ

We live in a predominately linear world, meaning that we ‘take, make, and dispose’ items that will ultimately end up in a landfill or incinerator. But, disrupting the status quo is a new movement called the circular economy. In a circular world we look to bend linear systems in order to better leverage our resources, promoting sustainable business models while also turning a profit. Join us on September 13th to explore how circular economy practices are being put into action to address real business needs, here in the U.S. and around the globe. With panelists and speakers coming from a multitude of backgrounds in both the public and private sector, we will discuss how the circular economy is already proving successful and how these practices can be incorporated into all supply chains moving forward. Register at the bottom of this page.

September 13
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Great Hall
Dress is recommended business casual


10 – 10:30 a.m.
Light snacks and beverages provided
Great Hall breezeway
10:30 – 10:35 a.m.
Brief welcome and introduction
Great Hall
10:35-11 a.m.
Keynote address by Liza Schillo (Senior Manager, Global Product Sustainability – Levi Strauss & Co.)
Great Hall
11 – 11:45 a.m.
Panel 1 – Organics, moderated by Liza Schillo
Great Hall
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and networking with panelists
Great Hall breezeway
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Panel 2 – Materials, moderated by Liza Schillo
Great Hall
1:30 – 2 p.m.
Closing remarks by Benjamin Weir (Business Development Manager – Loop)
Great Hall


Speakers + Panelists

LizaKeynote speaker
Liza B. Schillo
Senior Manager, Global Product Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co.


Liza Schillo is Senior Manager of Global Product Sustainability for Levi Strauss & Co.  She has been with the company for nearly five years, directing LS&Co.’s climate change and sustainable raw materials strategies.  Liza is responsible for ensuring LS&Co. achieves 100% sustainably sourced cotton and viscose for its products by end of 2020. These corporate commitments are part of a broader internal initiative to move LS&Co. toward a more sustainable and circular product strategy that Liza is formalizing in 2019.  In 2018, Liza led the company to adopt new climate change targets for LS&Co. and its supply chain.

Liza holds an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.  During her tenure at UNC, Liza identified the need for an environmental honors fraternity, a dream that she brought to life in 2006 with strong support from Greg Gangi and Epsilon Eta’s co-founder, Anna Fabiszewski.  


Organics Panel

Keirstan Kure
Procurement Specialist at Seal the Seasons
Parker Reposa and Drew Enyedi — Co-Founders of Grounded
Parker Reposa and Drew Enyedi
Co-Founders of Grounded
WilsonSean Wilson
CEO at Fullsteam Brewery




Materials Panel


Charlie Schwarze
Director of Corporate Development at The Recycling Partnership

Brandi Williams
Brandi Williams
Community Affairs Manager for City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services
Ginger Dosier

Ginger Dosier
Founder and CEO of bioMASON
leonasKaren Leonas
Professor at Wilson College of Textiles (NCSU)

Emily Neville
Founder and CEO of Reborn Clothing Co.

Sponsored by

Carolina Thrift

Epsilon Eta

IE Logo



Register Now


Co-hosted by the Epsilon Eta Environmental Honors Fraternity and the UNC Institute for the Environment


September 13, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Frank Porter Graham Student Union
209 South Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
+ Google Map