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Nov 09 2011

Experts Discuss Sustainable Solutions for Waste at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

New York, N.Y. (November 9, 2011)  –  Converting America’s waste into energy will help sustain the country’s development, according to experts who spoke to industry and education professionals at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Wednesday.

While waste-to-energy conversion is widely accepted in Europe, current trends in North America are leading to increased waste in landfills, experts said at the Waste-to-Energy Exchange, a forum organized by the American Chemistry Council and sponsored by NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Marco Castaldi, assistant professor of Earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University, explained there are only two options available for waste: send it to a landfill or convert it to energy. He called for widespread acceptance of conversion to energy.

John Williams, senior vice president for HDR Engineering, said solid waste is valuable for the global environment because it can produce energy. He suggested ways to “measure green,” communicating the financial, economical, and environmental benefits of sustainable practices.  

In addition to exploring waste-to-energy as a sustainable source, experts discussed obstacles to the technology, new methods of conversion, the connection to the packaging industry, as well as implementation strategies for waste-to-energy as a sustainable system.

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