Chinese delegation visits EEC|CCNY to learn about waste management in the US

14 delegates from the Chinese Urban Waste Construction delegation visited EEC|CCNY to learn about waste management in the United States. Castaldi and Tsiamis presented on EEC|CCNY’s research in all areas of waste management. The visit was coordinated by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency as part of the Clean Energy Exchange. Previous international delegations who have visited EEC|CCNY (through the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)) include Ethiopia, China, and Bulgaria.

Tsiamis and EEC|CCNY team complete 2019 Reuse Sector Assessment for DSNY

Tsiamis and research associates of EEC|CCNY and New York City’s Center for Materials Reuse (CMR) completed the 2019 Reuse Sector Assessment for the Department of Sanitation of New York City (DSNY).  The purpose of DSNY’s biannual reuse sector assessments is to to provide quantitative research insights into reuse activities in NYC that can ultimately help facilitate increased reuse in the City.  Tsiamis, Rappa, Arapi, Shivenanda, and NYC CMR’s Ms. Laura Novich dove into different areas of reuse research, addressing aspects such as quantification of NYC’s reuse sector, using web-based tools to enable insights into for-profit reuse activity, and understanding reuse behavior.  The final 2019 Reuse Sector Assessment will be published by DSNY in the coming year.

EEC|CCNY Hosts 2018 WTERT Conference 

This past October 4th & 5th, 2018, The Earth Engineering Center at City College (EEC|CCNY) hosted a very successful EEC/WTERT 2018 Conference.  The conference included speakers from around the world collectively representing the global perspective on best waste management practices. There were a total of 120 attendees representing 12 countries across five continents (Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Sudan, UK and US).

The takeaway message from the conference was that the circular economy is coming.  Good engineering will get us there, but until then we will need to strengthen collaboration efforts to manage the growing waste streams properly.

Dr. Castaldi Interviewed by ACC’s Chemical & Engineering News

Plastics have gained significant attention recently due to a number of domestic and international activities. This brings awareness to an issue that we have long been investigating but theoretically and practically with organizations ranging from the US EPA and start-up companies. A new story has been published in Chemical & Engineering News from the American Chemical Society exploring the use of plastic waste for energy generation where Professor Castaldi has been interviewed and quoted. To read the entire story please follow this link.