Redesigning an affordable organic waste system for NYC to improve public space, health and equity

Redesigning an affordable organic waste system for NYC to improve public space, health and equity

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio just committed to a green recovery that prioritizes equity, fairness, and the climate crisis. Composting, which creates green jobs, supports local food production, and increases environmental equity, should fit squarely within this mission. Yet, in this year’s crisis budget, the city cut all funding for organic waste collection. Organic waste costs the Department ...
Build less. For more people. Design Circular.

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; consider sharing spaces within a district. For more people: design and program a building so that most ...
Maximizing the Benefits of Commercial Waste Policy

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. ...
Hong Kong Design Trust Grant

Hong Kong Design Trust Grant

The Center for Zero Waste Design has been awarded a grant by the Hong Kong Design Trust for its project Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities. This will take the Guidelines to Hong Kong and Singapore, for panel discussions and thinktanks, and we will return to the Center for Architecture to present the ...
DSNY and DOT Containerized Waste RFEI

DSNY and DOT Containerized Waste RFEI

Taking a cue from the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, the NYC Departments of Sanitation and Transportation issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for “creative solutions for containerized refuse and recycling.” The RFEI is as an important step towards designing the built environment to meet the city’s zero waste goals and address the significant environmental ...
Zero Waste Floating Cities

Zero Waste Floating Cities

The Center for Zero Waste Design worked with Oceanix, Bjarke Ingels Group, Transsolar, Mobility in Chain, Sherwood Design Engineers and MIT Ocean Engineering on the concept for Floating Cities presented at the UN on April 3rd. See below for the presentation to the UN. The core challenges to achieving zero waste on the Floating City ...