Planning’s Role in Sustainable Waste Management

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • The critical role of waste management in urban sustainability
  • Best practices to promote proactive and efficient waste management  
  • How to integrate waste management into mainstream sustainability planning and for developing zero-waste plans 

Providing timely and effective waste management presents one of the most critical challenges for urban sustainability. Current waste management practice, which focuses on short-term impacts and end-of-pipe solutions, is reactive in nature and inadequate to promote sustainability within urban systems, across jurisdictions, and across generations.

This session will focus on urban planning’s missed opportunities to transform the challenges of waste management into opportunities for increasing job creation, social welfare, and ecological benefits. Learn about current barriers to waste reduction and recycling, as well as the connection between waste management and planning functions such as economic development, transportation, and land use. Explore emerging programs that utilize smart technologies and creative models to promote landfill diversion while achieving cost saving and social equity goals. Case illustrations will highlight two specific waste material types—food waste and construction and demolition debris—and discussion will address the strategies for developing zero-waste plans and integrating waste management into sustainable planning process.



Elizabeth Balkan , New York , NY (see bio)
Ning Ai , University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago , IL (see bio)
Nancey Leigh , FAICP , Georgia Institute of Technology , Atlanta , GA (see bio)