Circular Indiana is a hosting networking event for sustainability enthusiasts in Fort Wayne

Circular Indiana is hosting its first event in Fort Wayne on January 24, at Baker Street Steakhouse from 4 to 6 p.m. The Fort Wayne Meetup promises networking opportunities with Circular Indiana board members, local sustainability experts, small business owners, and eco-conscious individuals.

Based in Indianapolis, Circular Indiana’s mission is to unite individuals, businesses, community organizations, and state and local governments in eliminating waste and creating a more circular economy. According to their website, a circular economy is defined as “a system that eliminates waste by using materials endlessly.”

The statewide nonprofit was founded in 1989 as the Indiana Recycling Coalition but rebranded to Circular Indiana in 2021. They focus on educating, advocating, and inspiring people to create change, on a personal, community, and statewide level.

Circular Indiana Board Member Gowri Sundaram says the event’s goal is to bring local circular economy businesses and stakeholders under one roof. Representatives from the City of Fort Wayne, Quincy Recycling, Republic Services, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are expected to be at the meetup.

“The outcome of this networking event is to know about the sustainable initiatives and programs in Fort Wayne and its surrounding areas,” Sundaram explains.

This is the first event Circular Indiana has hosted in Fort Wayne, but the organization has attended other relevant events in the northeast Indiana region. 

Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Spots can be reserved online. Due to limited space, Circular Indiana is asking guests who wish to attend to RSVP online before January 19.

Individuals interested in getting involved with Circular Indiana can volunteer their time for outreach and other events, or buy a license plate, donation, membership, or sponsorship. 

Learn more about Circular Indiana here.
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Brittany Smith is Input Fort Wayne's Managing Editor. Previously she served as Assistant Editor and participated in the College Input Program. She also volunteers for Northeast Indiana Public Radio.