Sustainable Waste Management (SWM)

Humanity generates nearly two billion tons of solid wastes annually. Traditionally, these wastes have been discarded in landfills that have a finite lifetime and then must be replaced by converting greenfields to new landfills. This method is not sustainable because it wastes land and valuable resources and is a major source of greenhouse gases and also of various other pollutants of air and water. The SWM concentration prepares engineers to deal with this major problem by exposing them to environmentally better means for dealing with solid wastes: Waste minimization, recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy via combustion, anaerobic digestion, gasification, or pyrolysis. Students are exposed not only to the technical aspects of sustainable waste management but also to the associated economic, policy, and urban planning issues. 

The MS Concentration in Sustainable Waste Management is aimed at professionals already working or interested in industry, government or education careers in what has become the most costly sector of urban management. Past graduates have been engaged by engineering firms (e.g., Malcolm Pirnie, GBB, Hydroqual, etc.), companies (Covanta Energy, Wheelabrator, China Everbright International, BASF (China), Helector (Greece)), government agencies in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., U.S.A.C.E., Federal Energy Commission, Federal Transportation Commission, Ministry of Energy of Chile, Ministry of the Environment of Greece, NYCED, etc.) or have continued with doctoral studies. 

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