Designing for Zero Waste

We consult with developers and design teams to help implement best practice strategies into projects and master plans.

Waste in the public realm

We consult with community groups to develop shared solutions for waste in the public realm. For example, we worked with the Downtown Alliance to set longterm goals for the Financial District in Manhattan.

Targeted knowledge packages

We work with stakeholders to identify applicable strategies and case studies relevant to a particular need. For example we’d like to develop Zero Waste Design Guidelines for Affordable Housing.

Adapting to other cities

We are initiating partnerships with designers and stakeholders in other cities to build on the Guidelines and develop new content. We are available to collaborate with teams in other cities and are proposing to develop an exhibition template, and a toolkit for other cities to adapt the ZWDG to their city.

Disseminate knowledge

We are working to get the Guidelines referenced in LEED, the AIA Top Ten toolkit, and the Living Building Challenge.

Zero Waste Challenge

A challenge can be developed to engage property managers and occupants in an effort to implement best practice strategies to reduce waste. The results from the challenge held by the American Institute of Architects, New York (AIANY) held a Zero Waste Challenge in the summer of 2018 demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach.


As demonstrated by AIANY’s popular 2017-2018 series (during which our team presented the Guidelines to close to 700 people in 36 NYC architectural/development firms and public agencies), these sessions can catalyze wider adoption of Zero Waste Design Practices. AIANY is holding the series again for 2018-2019, to sign up see link.


Our team are available to provide Webinar presentations and discussions geared either to general audiences or to targeted categories of professionals working with specific categories of buildings or spaces. 


We have presented at Greenbuild Chicago, 2018, A’18 AIA National Convention and are available to present at conferences.