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Date and Location

April 26, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


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​Arctic cities face uniquely challenging conditions for solid waste management, including harsh weather, geographic remoteness, limited infrastructure, and a rapidly changing climate. Arctic residents produce twice as much garbage annually than the global per capita average, with lower rates of waste collection and recycling than the rest of the world.

The Arctic Initiative, together with the Arctic Mayors’ Forum, is hosting a webinar to explore how Arctic cities are implementing innovative approaches, including circular economy strategies, to address pollution and create cleaner, more sustainable places to live.

In this webinar, a panel of researchers and practitioners will discuss:

  • The unique waste management challenges faced by Arctic cities.
  • The serious health and environmental consequences of improper waste disposal.
  • Real-world best practices for improving waste management.

This event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. For questions or to request accessibility accommodations, contact Elizabeth Hanlon (

Speakers and Presenters

​Ernst Kloosterman, Lead, Tromsø Municipality's Unit for Climate, Environment, and Agriculture; Mark Spafford, Alaska Water Group Leader, Jacobs Engineering Group; Nivi Strunz, Managing Director, Kommune Qeqertalik, Greenland; Jukka Teräs, Senior Researcher, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre; Nadezhda Filimonova, Postdoctoral Fellow, Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative


Additional Organizers

​Arctic Mayors' Forum