New York City’s Mayor de Blasio just committed to a green recovery that prioritizes equity, fairness, and the climate crisis. Composting, which creates green jobs, supports local food production, and increases environmental equity, should fit squarely within this mission. Yet, in this year’s crisis budget, the city cut all funding for organic waste collection.
The system needs a redesign, so the city can affordably collect all organic waste, transforming an inequitable problem into a valuable resource.
See full Op-Ed in City Limits
I had an opportunity to interview Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO and President of USGBC, discussing with him how zero waste and circular design concepts could be strengthened in future updates of LEED. The video of the event is now online – my questions on waste in LEED are from minute 40.
City resident and co-founder of Help Delhi Breathe, Reecha Upadhyay, tells us how she rallied tens of thousands of voters to pass legislation that will help cap air pollution killing millions every year. She discusses biomimicry with Clare Miflin, who shares her epiphany that nature doesn’t create any waste and that perhaps our misuse of materials is a design flaw. We hear how Clare took her thought to the NYC’s Department of Sanitation and developed the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. And we take a trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone to visit Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, to hear how she watched her beloved city become ravaged by war and disease, before putting it on a path to future green thinking and economic potential. Listen
Video of Biomimicry and Architecture panel, moderated by Susan Szenasy along with Martin Bechthold, Stefano Boeri, Bill Horgan, Jenny Sabin and Clare Miflin at 92St Y
I’m moderating a panel on Wednesday March 13th at Center for Architecture with Scot Horst, CEO Arc Skoru and Fiona Cousins, Principal Arup
I’m on the Closing the Recycling Loop podcast, along with fellow author of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines and waste expert Benjamin Miller
Zero Waste Design in Food and Hospitality: Eataly Case Study with Clare Miflin: ThinkWoven and Christina Grace: Foodprint Group
Natural systems evolve to be closed-loop and waste-free. Human ones should take a cue from nature.
Panelists include: Andrew Carter, Founder & CEO, Smallhold Anthony Allen, Founder, A Tipping Point Clare Miflin, Co-Author, Zero Waste Design Guidelines Danielle Joseph, Investment Officer, Closed Loop Partners Moderated by Barent Roth: sustainable designer, educator, activist, and faculty member at Parsons. Plus: an opening keynote from Dr. Peter Wootton-Beard.