Advancing Circularity Through Local Community Efforts

How can we learn from community organizations working on advancing circularity in ever-changing metro Atlanta?

Dubbed at different occasions as the “City in the Forest,” “The City Too Busy to Hate,” or the capital of the “New South,” Atlanta is ever-changing but always unique. Even as new residents and businesses continue to migrate to the area, the Atlanta metro has some of the highest levels of income inequality in the country. Many of the flaws in our current “take, make, waste” model of production and consumption have been solved for in hyper-local context by boots-on-the-ground organizations. Residents, both new and old, have found ways to both foster community and advance sustainability.

This session will spotlight Atlanta-based organizations developing creative circular solutions and empowering local communities. Join us for this engaging discussion featuring Rubicon, Live Thrive, Bearings Bike Works, and the City of Atlanta, and come away with ideas for how your local, community organizations can build circularity from the ground up.


  • Carolyn Burch, Sustainability Analyst, Rubicon
  • Peggy Whitlow Ratcliffe, Founder and Executive Director, Live Thrive
  • Becky O’Mara, Co-Founder and Director of Development, Bearings Bike Works
  • Natasha Dyer, Community Programs Manager, City of Atlanta


Circularity 22


Wednesday May 18, 2022: 3:00 p.m. ET