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Pashon Murray to Keynote Spring Conference

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Pashon Murray

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host Detroit Dirt founder Pashon Murray as the keynote speaker at its fourth annual West Michigan Sustainable Business Conference on Monday, March 14 at Cathedral Square Conference Center in downtown Grand Rapids from 12 pm to 4:30 pm.

The half-day event will bring together regional sustainability practitioners from business, government, non-profits and academia to learn about timely issues, share best practice, and network. This year’s event will focus on zero waste and sustainable agriculture for the non-food business.

One of the nation’s rising circular economy stars, Murray has an unrelenting drive for waste reduction, recycling, and reuse of materials. She is helping to change the carbon footprint of Detroit through revitalizing neighborhoods, finding solutions for everyday waste, and eliminating trips to the landfill. In 2010 Murray co-founded Detroit Dirt, a local composting and biomass collection company that specializes in providing compost and biomass solutions for the metro Detroit community. Detroit Dirt’s closed-loop model process was designed by Murray to help revitalize Detroit. In 2015 she founded International Dirt whose primary focus is to create programs, tools and consult on strategies that will integrate zero waste practices.

She is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab Fellow, that has received recognition from Modern Farmer magazine, Martha Stewart American Made, as one of 10 women to watch by the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator’s Inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, as one of Food & Wine’s Most Innovative Women, and one of Newsweek’s “13 Women in Business to Bet On.”
Baas will share his call to action for making West Michigan a future zero-landfill community.

A list of current speakers can be found on the conference site here.

Early-bird registration is only $35 for WMSBF members, $45 for non-members.