Fundamentals for Sustainable Solid Waste Management – Part 1

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The objective of this course, presented in two separate lectures, is to present concepts, strategies, and decision making tools for advancing toward sustainable waste management. Drawing from a wide variety of academic disciplines and real life examples, this course provides a fast-paced tour of current thinking and actual accomplishments in the application of sustainability principles to waste management.

Part 1 focuses on sustainability principles and the transformation from a “waste management” paradigm to a “materials management” paradigm.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Describe sustainability principles and the challenges facing our society
  • Discuss the meaning and goals of sustainable waste management
  • Define the material management hierarchy and the optimal distribution of materials across this hierarchy
  • Apply a conceptual framework that considers the full spectrum of possible waste management strategies

Course Length
39 minutes