Ellen MacArthur Foundation adds New York to strategic partners

The Ellen MacArthur foundation announced yesterday (19 April) that the City of New York has joined the Foundation’s network as a strategic partner.

New York skylineThe announcement sees New York become the first North American city to join the UK-based charity as a strategic partner and the second city internationally following São Paulo in Brazil, whose involvement was announced last week.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established to develop and promote the idea of a circular economy and works alongside businesses and institutions to mobilise circular systems.

The Foundation’s list of strategic partners also includes global businesses and organisations such as Google, Ikea, Philips and Unilever.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has said its partnership with New York will see the two channel efforts towards the critical agenda in a coordinated and strategic manner, by working together to scale circular economy solutions.

The Foundation has previously worked with New York on a number of circular economy projects, including the recently launched Circular Innovation City Challenge, which has called for entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations to create more circular cities.

Andrew Morlet, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, commented: “I'm thrilled to welcome the City of New York as a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this partnership demonstrates a high level of commitment to a circular economy in North America.

“The circular economy offers a systems solutions framework that can unlock economic, environmental, and society-wide benefits.

“Cities have a crucial role in creating and enabling the conditions needed for a circular economy to emerge, and the City of New York has taken a leading role in this transition, having already delivered on a number of circular economy projects.

“Through this partnership, the City of New York and the Foundation will continue to work together toward demonstrating a circular economy that supports a thriving and resilient city.”

Kate Gouin, Acting Director of NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, added: “We must shift from wasteful to waste-free systems if we are to deliver a future that serves all New Yorkers and confronts climate change.

“We’re honored to partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate the work of finding and implementing inclusive solutions.”