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Leandro Vigna

Yale University, MS
Robert J. Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor Scholarship

Green Building Certifications and their Potential in Reducing Construction Waste in Developing CountriesProject Description:
The main objective of Vigna’s work is to compile a comprehensive set of guidelines and frameworks containing the most effective strategies on sustainable construction and waste management practices that are currently working in developing countries.

This research would inform green building councils and their certification systems from emerging economies on feasible and effective approaches to waste management plans and more sustainable alternatives to industrial processes in the construction industry. Furthermore, it can serve to instruct policy-makers and environmentally aware audiences interested in the promotion of a more environmentally sound treatment of the resources used in the construction industry for low income and less developed regions.

Leandro Vigna is an Argentine architect graduated from the School of Architecture, Urbanism and Design from the National University of Cordoba, in Argentina (2009-2015). During his studies, his main focus was on green buildings and sustainable construction, and continues his work in this field as a student of the Master of Environmental Management program at Yale University (graduating in 2019), where he examines the potential of certification systems for green buildings in developing countries.

In addition to his studies, he worked in several offices as a LEED Manager, Project Coordinator and On-site Consultant, with international experience in Argentina, Germany and the United States. Additionally, he volunteered for different NGOs in Argentina on topics related to poverty eradication (Techo), environmental protection (Eco-Club), and youth empowerment and leadership (AIESEC).