UTSpeaks: Treasure in Trash

Will repairing what’s broken and regaining what’s tossed cause a new boom worth billions?
Photo by BRS MEAS courtesy of Flickr

Photo by BRS MEAS courtesy of Flickr

When the mantra of ‘endless economic growth’ urges us to always want more, what do we do when the world’s resources run out?

31 July 2014
6:00 PM

The Great Hall

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Our consumer lifestyles come at a cost. Piped pure water, lighting, appliances powered at the flick of a switch, computers, watches, mobiles, furnishings, vehicles, toys, clothes, packaging and on and on and on!

Within a growing global population where the mantra of ‘endless economic growth’ urges us to always want more, what do we do when the world’s finite resources run out?

Featuring researchers from the UTS-led Wealth from Waste Cluster, this public lecture and forum presents new and emerging strategies being harnessed by industry, governments and communities to conserve, reclaim and re-use the value in what we normally throw away.

Introduced By Stuart White, Director, UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures

Associate Professor Damien Giurco
A senior researcher with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) Damien Giurco is Research Director in the sphere of Resource Futures. His focus is on industrial ecology, circular economy and responsible production and consumption. Damien has worked collaboratively with government and industry clients spanning the minerals, water, waste and energy sectors to pursue innovation that leads to change. Damien directs the Wealth from Waste Cluster.

Jade Herriman
Jade Herriman is a Research Principal with ISF. Her research focus is on community engagement and education, social research, decision making and strategic planning in environmental management and sustainability and work with local government. Inspired by the growing phenomenon of repair workshops and cafes overseas, Jade  recently coordinated ‘It’s Toasted’ and ‘Refashion It’, initiatives for the public supported by the City of Sydney where locals could learn to repair and reuse a wide range of goods.

UTSPEAKS: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia, proudly supported by the ActivateUTS.