Activity Week

Zero Waste & Zero Carbon Symposium

10-11th September, Glasgow (Max: 40 delegates)

Achieving zero waste and zero carbon will be the focus of a two-day event for 40 social enterprise practitioners on 10-11th September. Meeting these two inspirational and important goals will require a “community ecosystem” of social enterprises working together with the support of government and commercial partners. We are inviting international organisations working on cutting-edge solutions and technologies to address these two global issues in their engagement with the symposium and to join a working group for further collaboration.

The event will involve social enterprises engaged in the Zero Waste and Zero Carbon agenda coming together to be inspired, share experiences and most importantly to explore collaborative ventures and initiatives that can be at community level or international in scope. In addition to working toward zero waste and zero carbon goals, we will consider zero waste towns, best practice in reuse and recycling, how community energy is helping to address fuel poverty, and we will focus on how we can collaborate globally to address one of the most endemic environmental issues of ‘Plastics in the Ocean’. The main Social Enterprise World Forum programme will integrate with this event as it will have a broader focus on the collaborative economy, rural enterprise issues and community engagement.

“The task of shifting our communities away from waste and carbon emissions is too large for the traditional for-profit marketplace to handle,” says Eric Lombardi from Eco-Cycle International (Boulder, CO, USA), “because it requires as much social innovation as technical. The social enterprise approach delivers change in the form of community benefits and financial rewards.”

Delegates can choose to register for the Zero Waste & Zero Carbon Symposium only but all are encouraged to add it to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 booking for only £50+VAT.

See prices to attend the Zero Waste & Zero Carbon Symposium separately below.

Delegate type Early-bird
(available until 30th June 2018)
(available until 17th August 2018)
Student £199 £249
Social enterprise* £249 £299
Government / Public / Academic sector £299 £349
Corporate / non-social enterprise £349 £449

All costs are subject to VAT charged at current rate of 20%. All bookings received after 17th August 2018 are subject to a late booking surcharge on standard price tickets, if places are available.

*Charities and non-profit organisations are eligible for this delegate type.

Please note: All payments through our registration system are by credit card only. Please contact with any queries.

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Evening Functions


John Pearce Memorial Lecture:10th September, Glasgow

Delegates of both the Academic Symposium and Zero Waste & Zero Carbon Symposium are invited to a civic reception at Glasgow City Chambers, hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, for Glasgow Caledonian University’s annual John Pearce Memorial Lecture. Delegates of these events can register their attendance at the time of booking. This event gives them the opportunity to hear from Baroness Glenys Thornton and network with some local social enterprises in Glasgow and further afield.


Evening event at The Experience: 11th September, Glasgow

Delegates of both the Academic Symposium and Zero Waste & Zero Carbon Symposium are invited to participate in a karting and networking evening at The Experience, Hillington, the only indoor electric karting centre in Scotland, which operates as a social enterprise, part of Kibble Education and Care Centre. Delegates of these events can register their attendance at the time of booking.

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