Fundamentals of Sustainable Waste Management – Part 1


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The objective of this course, presented in two separate lectures, is to present concepts, strategies, and decision making tools for advancing toward sustainable waste management. Drawing from a wide variety of academic disciplines and real life examples, this course provides a fast-paced tour of current thinking and actual accomplishments in the application of sustainability principles to waste management.

Part 1 focuses on sustainability principles and the transformation from a “waste management” paradigm to a “materials management” paradigm.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Describe sustainability principles and the challenges facing our society
  • Discuss the meaning and goals of sustainable waste management
  • Define the material management hierarchy and the optimal distribution of materials across this hierarchy
  • Apply a conceptual framework that considers the full spectrum of possible waste management strategies

Course Length

39 minutes

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Presenter Biography

THOMAS B. MAIER, P.E. is a Senior Project Engineer with Smith Gardner, Inc. He is a published engineer and has expertise in landfill containment and closure design, geotechnical engineering, construction management, and construction quality assurance. Mr. Maier has worked on various projects dealing with extensive air quality permitting; work with superfund sites; environmental and remediation engineering; and erosion and sediment control. His work spans states along the East Coast and projects in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Mississippi. Mr. Maier is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has over twenty years of design and project management experience with geotechnical and waste management projects. He is also actively involved with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. P.E. license numbers 29744 (North Carolina), PE 034737 (Georgia), and 117205 (Tennessee).


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