Circular Economy Thinking: Tools of the Trade

Jul 27, 2022 12:00PM—1:00PM


Online Event

Cost Free

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Join the Carbon Leadership Forum – Chicago Hub for Part 1 of the Circular Economy in Practice series!

About this event

Carbon Leadership Forum – Chicago Hub presents: Circular Economy in Practice – a 2-part series featuring practitioners and tools in support of promoting circular economy thinking. With embodied carbon top of mind, this series works to connect the dots across salvaging, design, procurement, and construction yielding the use of reclaimed, salvaged, repurposed, or re-used products in the built environment. 

Part 1: Circular Economy Thinking: Tools of the Trade (07.27.22) 

This session introduces 3 tools helping solve inventorying hurdles for owners and design teams looking to make visible the design and sourcing opportunities. Learn a bit about what each platform offers from a design, procurement, and owner perspective regarding using existing versus purchasing new. The landscape of inventorying in the AEC industry is changing rapidly thanks to these tools. 

This panel discussion will be moderated by Jill Maltby-Abbott, DLR Group. Jill is also on the core planning team for the Carbon Leadership Forum – Chicago Hub.


Eszter Csicsai is the Circular Economy Strategist at Rheaply, where she has developed the company’s offering of sustainability consulting services to help clients assess and quantify their circularity potential, achieve meaningful ROI, and reach ambitious company goals through scalable circular solutions. Prior to joining Rheaply, Eszter was Senior Manager of Member Engagement at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where she partnered with leading apparel companies to scale usage of industry-unified end-to-end sustainability measurement tools throughout their supply chains, while deepening their engagement with the industry-transforming collective action of the Coalition. Eszter has also served as Senior Manager of Reuse and Donations at the New York City Department of Sanitation, leading materials reuse and circular economy programming aimed at supporting the City’s zero waste goals. In addition to leading the flagship donateNYC program and partnership network, she oversaw the launch of the inaugural ReFashion Week NYC, organized the cross-industry NYCxReuse materials reuse conference, and managed the launch of the world’s first municipally administered surplus food donation platform, the donateNYC Food Portal. 

Kaila Bryzgalski is the Product Sustainability Marketing Manager for Steelcase, based in Grand Rapids, MI. She works across product categories that help people work better, to expand market share and actively redefine product performance to include sustainability. This is done through both reinvigoration/expansion of current product lines and innovation of new product platforms; the launch of Steelcase’s first CarbonNeutral® product, Series™ 1, being the most recent. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2021 with her MBA with a concentration in sustainable business, and has her B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University. Her background ranges from product management, customer service management to supply chain, but the belief that business can be and should be a force for good has been a strong thread throughout her professional career. 

Patty Lloyd is the Director of Sustainability at Leopardo Companies, Inc. Patty has more than 15 years of experience advancing sustainability in the built environment. She is an advocate for green building, and healthy-high performing construction. She provides direction to owners, colleagues and subcontractors in the planning and execution of healthy, high-performing projects and other sustainability services. She has served in several leadership roles in the green building industry including former board member and chair of Illinois Green Alliance, she sits on the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group and volunteers on several working groups and task forces including the US Department of Energy Embodied Carbon and Net Zero Building Task Force, the City of Chicago Decarbonization Task Force, and the AGC Climate Change Technologies and Programs Task Force. She holds the following accreditations: LEED Fellow, LFA, and WELL AP. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin extended campus.