The New York
Circular City Initiative

The vision of the circular city initiative

Imagine a New York City where no waste is sent to landfill, environmental pollution is minimized, and thousands of good jobs for people of all social and economic backgrounds are created through the intelligent use of products and raw materials. In other words a city that is thriving, green and just. This is the vision of the New York Circular City Initiative, which can be achieved through creative collaboration between city agencies, businesses and the public sector.

The initiative, convened by international law firm Freshfields, seeks to identify the most effective levers to help the City of New York make the transition toward the circular economy. The members of the initiative each brings a unique combination of expertise and influence that will be critical to delivering a circular New York City.

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Lead author:

Oliver Dudok van Heel Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Co-authors of job creation benefits section:

Joke Dufourmont

Circle Economy

Joyce Jauer / Bertrand Teirlinck

NYC Economic Development Corporation

Project convening, coordination, research and writing:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

Jon Bowd

Nicola Brady

Edward Braham

Nathan Crosby

Oliver Dudok van Heel

Hannah Fraser Howes

Fiona Gifford

Theresa Gigov

Sephora Ochou

Alanay Sir

Alex Tzimas

Timothy Wilkins

Participant contributions:

Tom Kennedy


Shubha Chandra


Faith LeGendre

Cisco Systems

Kate Daly

Closed Loop Partners

Tone Søndergaard

Danish Cleantech Hub

Ashima Sukhdev / Michelle Tulac

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Kevin Smith

Goldman Sachs

Abigail Kammerzell


Andrew Greenspan


Randy Plemel


Daniel Shurey


Lindsay Clinton

NYC Economic Development Corporation

Lara Croushore

NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate Policy

Marianna Koval

Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern

Stephanie Benedetto

Queen of Raw

Rachel Kipar / Stephanie Kersten-Johnston

The Recycling Partnership

Tom Outerbridge

SIMS Group

Brian Matuszewski


Viviana Alvarez Sanchez


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