Parallel Path V: Sketching a new direction — Redesign

Sponsored by Emterra Group

Thursday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

VLNextGen Fibre: Redesigning paper and rayon Valerie Langer, Fibre Solutions Strategist, Canopy

Valerie Langer has been engaged in forest conservation campaigns for over 30 years. She works with non-profit, Canopy ( to accelerate globally availability of Next Generation alternatives to tree fibre pulp for manufacturing paper, packaging and viscose fabrics. She pioneered the international market campaign strategy of influencing logging companies’ practices by engaging their commercial customer base. She and her team of colleagues at Rainforest Solutions Project won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award for their role in the collaboration that designed the globally unique model of conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest (British Columbia, Canada). Her work has directly contributed to the conservation of millions of hectares of biologically rich forest. Valerie’s focus is on large scale forest conservation by leveraging  markets, investments and innovation.



Dell Circular Design – Product Takeback, Materials, & Packaging — Allison Ward, Dell

Allison Ward is a Regulatory Senior Engineer on Dell’s North American Environmental Affairs team. She specializes in sustainable materials programs including closed-loop recycled plastics and metals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Material Science Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.