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Clare Miflin, Center for Zero Waste Design participated in this panel discussion hosted by NYC’s Solid Waste Advisory Boards, alongside Justin Green of Big Reuse, Frank Franciosi of US Composting Council and Jane Gajwani of Department of Environmental Protection. The panel was introduced by Dior St. Hillaire of Bronx SWAB, GreenFeen and BK Rot, and […]

The Max is a rental development in Hell’s Kitchen designed byArquitectonica, with SLCE as the architect of record, for TF Cornerstonein 2018. With over 1,000 rental units and 45,000 square feet ofamenities, this is one of the largest residential buildings in Manhattan. The building is named after the late Max Elghanayan, who conceived thisbuilding’s innovative […]

All colleges and universities generate large volumes of waste thatcan be diverted, as the Columbia University example shows, but not allpossess the resources to develop solutions or the campus culture tosupport them. The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is a nonprofitorganization that works with college and university students and staffto introduce zero waste projects on-site, such […]

Battery Park City is a 92-acre mixed-use neighborhood along the southwestern tip of Manhattan, developed and managed by Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). The planned neighborhood is mainly residential, but also includes commercial, cultural, and community spaces, and 36 acres of public parkland. BPCA was developed with visionary environmental standards and continues to be a […]

The Time Warner Center (TWC), designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill,marks the southwest corner of Central Park with two 44-story towers rising from a 10-story podium. To handle the high volumes and diverse streams of waste flowing through the 2.8 million sq ft operation, the loading dock includes storage space and four compactor containers, one […]

Waste from buildings with limited indoor storage is usually stagedfor street pickup every night. Without containerization, the wastecan attract pests and offend neighbors. To avoid such problems,Vornado Realty Trust designed an efficient system for moving thewaste generated by the office tenants at 640 Fifth Avenue, a 22-story,327,000 sq ft tower. See Case Study here.

In Columbia University’s John Jay dining hall students and faculty areserved on plates (without trays) and provided with reusable and compostabledishware. Trayless dining limits portion sizes, which means lessuneaten food is thrown away. When diners have finished eating, theyplace their dirty dishes and uneaten food on a dish carousel. See Case Study pdf.

The Center for Zero Waste Design and WXY have released an advocacy campaign calling on the incoming administration to deal with NYC’s trash issues. Put Waste to Work: For Vibrant Streetscapes, Green Jobs and Healthy Neighborhoods outlines a plan to get trash bags off NYC sidewalks and compost into soils. The plan lists strategies the […]

We are pleased to share our final report from our Design Trust Feature Grant from the Hong Kong Design Trust.  This work was done in collaboration with the Business Environment Council of Hong Kong and Circular Cities Asia, a platform of Renergii in Singapore. The project looks at the urban form, waste context, and initiatives in […]

This event is part of the Environmental Resilience lecture series, co-organized by the IIEA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Introduced by Sharon Finegan from Irish EPA and moderated by Alex White. In the lecture, Clare Miflin argues that sustainable, prosperous, and liveable cities of the future will need to be ‘zero waste’. She highlights that waste is a design flaw and that […]