Foundations of a U.S. Circular Economy Transition Framework
Co-Learning Plan - 2021
Authors: Jacob Namovich
The subject of this Co-learning Plan is an investigation into the role that the U.S. government can play in circular economy (CE) transitions. The project works to consolidate existing international work in the field by studying transition strategies and determining transferable knowledge that can be employed in the U.S. to compliment top-down decarbonization efforts. It will explore the actors driving these transitions, the policies promoting their emergence, and the literature arguing their calculation. The study will achieve this by conducting 1) literature reviews of non-U.S. and U.S. progress in manifesting a CE transition; and 2) outreach with personnel who have engaged in CE transition tools and methodologies. Findings will be consolidated into a published report and resources discovered along the course of the project will make up an appended annotated bibliography.
Jacob Namovich is currently enrolled in the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) ‘Sustainable Systems’ program. He earned his B.S. in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science from Michigan State University in the spring of 2020. During the latter years of his undergraduate career, Mr. Namovich engaged in several projects ranging from an investigation into the behavioral and systemic drivers of STEM laboratory waste, to meeting with the president of MSU as an advocate for various community demands which would enhance sustainability at the university. Throughout of his work in sustainability have been keen interests in the circular economy paradigm and industrial ecology. Mr. Namovich looks forward to exploring these topics in greater depth under the lenses of decarbonization and socioeconomic reform.