The Case Studies listed here are from the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. We will be developing new case studies from the work of the Center, and collecting case studies from others worldwide. Search case studies by category or name.

The Max, NYC

The Max, NYC

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 ...
PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)

PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)

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 Composting, NYC

Battery Park City Composting, NYC

Battery Park City is a 92-acre mixed-use neighborhood along thesouthwestern tip of Manhattan, developed and managed by BatteryPark City Authority (BPCA). The planned neighborhood is mainlyresidential, but also includes commercial, cultural, and communityspaces, and 36 acres of public parkland. BPCA was developed withvisionary environmental standards and continues to be a leader insustainability, zero waste, and ...
Time Warner Center, NYC

Time Warner Center, NYC

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 ...
640 Fifth Avenue, NYC

640 Fifth Avenue, NYC

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. ...
Columbia University, NYC

Columbia University, NYC

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. ...