Speaker 4: Assoc. Prof. Sara J Wilkinson

Assoc. Prof. Sara J Wilkinson • University of Technology Sydney

Title: Evolving FM approaches to a sharing paradigm

Abstract:
The tenets of the circular economy, or the sharing paradigm, have great potential to change the traditional approach to the way we design, build and manage our built environment. Compared to the existing "take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model embraced in a neo-liberal economic worldview, the circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural and social capital. The question is; how might this approach manifest itself in Facilities Management? This presentation reviews some ways in a circular economy approach could lead to resource efficiency in FM.

Keywords:
FM, sharing economy, Australia, regenerative design, resource efficiency

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