Ruben Anderson consults on behaviour change and regenerative systems. Trained as a product designer, he brings the valuable perspectives of someone who has worked inside the global mass manufacturing system. He taught Sustainable Design at the Emily Carr University, and has won awards for Cradle-to-Cradle product design from the Cascadia Green Building Council.

While researching behaviour change for a large regional government, one of his pilot projects saw a 250% increase in garbage diverted to recycling and composting. Other pilots tested the effects of communication and signage, changes to infrastructure, and the impact of new collection systems.

Ruben advised on future-proofed, locally resilient systems while working in the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group and the Planning Department, and has consulted for BC Housing, Industry Canada and private sector and NGO clients.

He has blogged for TreeHugger.com and theTyee.ca, and is also a popular speaker, presenting on behaviour change and how Compassionate Systems can increase the effectiveness of pro-environmental behaviours. His recent writing and presentations can be found at www.SmallAndDeliciousLife.com

In earlier parts of his life, he owned and operated a restaurant, forged a knife with a Japanese swordmaker and practiced the swinging trapeze. He currently keeps bees.

One Planet Vancouver, 2030 – Part 6 Finale

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One Planet Vancouver, 2030 – Part 5

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One Planet Vancouver, 2030 – Part 4

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One Planet Vancouver, 2030 – Part 3

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One Planet Vancouver, 2030 – Part 2

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