Attend the upcoming panel discussion on Zero Waste Building

Edited: Due to the virus outbreak, the event has been postponed to a later date.

Join us at the panel discussion “Designing Buildings for a Zero Waste Singapore” with the participation of Clare Miflin, Founder of the Center for Zero Waste Design, and leader for the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines for New York City.

Interested attendees can book a ticket on Eventbrite for free!

Time and place: Tuesday, 18th February 2020 at 4 pm at Singapore Sustainability Academy, CDL.


Organising team:

This event is made possible in cooperation with Center for Zero Waste Design, RENERGii Asia, and Biomimicry Singapore Network.

Join us for an afternoon of interactive discussion and insightful conversation. See you there!


The Zero Waste Design Strategies project will engage Singaporean architectural, property development and waste management communities through a panel discussion and expert think tank, to discover how building design strategies can be best applied to reduce waste in our city.

The Zero Waste Design Guidelines were first developed in New York City to address the crucial role that design of the built environment plays in achieving a waste-free future. Since their launch in Oct 2017, they have been disseminated and implemented widely and a nonprofit Center for Zero Waste Design is being set up to further their reach.

Panellists’ Bio:

Clare Miflin is the Founder of the Center for Zero Waste Design and led the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines for NYC through a multidisciplinary and collaborative process. She is an architect and systems thinker with experience designing buildings to Passive House, LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge and AIA COTE Top Ten standards. She has over 20 years of architectural experience, most recently at Kiss + Cathcart, Architects where she helped develop their philosophy of “productive” architecture.

As a certified biomimicry professional, she finds inspiration from natural systems that she applies to the built environment. Clare has also founded a consultancy – ThinkWoven – to develop strategies to weave urban systems into ecosystems. Clare is Co-chair of the AIANY’s Committee on the Environment; on the board of BiomimicryNYC and Sustainability Coordinator for her local food cooperative.

Phua Hong Wei joined WOHA upon graduation from National University of Singapore in 2006. He was made Director in 2018. Hong Wei sees design as an act of optimism to improve the environment, to offer relevant solutions and to maximize potentials in a practical and innovative way. With keen interest in community and greenery integration, Hong Wei brings additional focus on social and environmental sustainability into his projects.

Hong Wei has been involved in a variety of projects, notably Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel, Kampong Admiralty, Oasia Hotel Downtown and Enabling Village. He is currently working on the 2020 World Expo Singapore Pavilion at Dubai, a 350-room Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel and a 730-unit TreVer Condominium, both in Singapore.

Leo Cher is a senior manager at the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), where he works to forge public-private partnerships to foster innovative industry solutions across the entire building and construction value chain. SGBC sets high standards and benchmarks for green building solutions both locally and regionally to help build more sustainable cities for better living.

Leo graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 2009 with an Environmental Engineering degree and has spent over a decade in the environmental sustainability scene.

Moderator’s Bio:

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng is the Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce at the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is ranked as the number one university in Asia and among the world’s top 20 universities. He is a member of Enterprise Singapore NMC on ISO/TC323 on Circular Economy. He is an advisor to the Singapore National Environmental Agency’s CESS events, Editor-in-Chief of Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy and an editorial board member of NATURE Scientific Reports. He also chairs the Future of Manufacturing Group, Institution of Engineers Singapore.

His research interests include innovations in sustainable materials and evaluation of circularity of materials via life cycle assessment. He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. He has received numerous recognitions which including the CUT Honorary Engineering Doctorate; IEEPA Pioneer Academic Circle Award; ASEAN Outstanding Engineer Award; IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award.

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About Zero Waste City

Zero Waste City is a consulting business specialised in waste reduction for commercial and industrial facilities. We help companies to save money by reducing waste and to achieve Zero Waste goals. Our services include:

Our services include:

  • Waste audit (quantifying waste streams and identifying immediate cost saving opportunities)
  • Compliance with regulations such as:
    • Mandatory Packaging Reporting
    • Mandatory Waste Reporting
    • Mandatory Food Waste Segregation
  • Project implementation and on-going support
  • Measurement and Verification of savings
  • Guidance to achieve Zero Waste goals and certifications.