Waste is a design flaw:

Ecosystems recycle materials indefinitely in circular loops, but the human-designed system trashes over 90% of the materials extracted from the earth within six months. The Center for Zero Waste Design helps to develop and implement design strategies within the built environment to help cities achieve zero waste.

Build less. For more people. Design Circular.

Clare Miflin’s article in the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Newsletter is inspired by Michael Pollan’s seven word maxim for healthy eating: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. Build less: reuse and repurpose existing buildings; right-size the building; ...

Maximizing the Benefits of Commercial Waste Policy

Benjamin Miller’s in depth article in Environmental Law in New York explains how the design of the commercial waste zoning system can be crafted to maximize benefits for the environment, businesses and haulers.

Designing for Zero Waste Districts

District-scale solutions are often the most effective way of achieving zero waste and improving the quality of the public realm. In this session the team that led the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines share best practice strategies and ...