DesigningWaste BestPractices

AIA New York is hosting a Zero Waste Challenge, with support from the Durst Organization. Running from mid-June to mid-October, the challenge invites firms of all sizes to reduce their waste generation and increase recycling. The Zero Waste Challenge will give firms access to hands-on design experience to reduce waste with support from Think Zero LLC, a zero waste consultant. Participation entails:

  • Benchmarking current waste generation.
  • Creating a waste management plan with input from ThinkZero LLC.
  • Performing two intermediate monthly waste assessments.
  • Reporting on final assessment of improvements, culminating in an acknowledgement event in October.

Throughout the challenge, we’ll share the results on this page, so check back for updates!

The Zero Waste Challenge is associated with two other important projects at AIANY and the Center for Architecture. The exhibition Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City is on view at the Center for Architecture June 14 – September 1, 2018. The show is based on the Zero Waste Design Guidelines (ZWDG), which were released last fall by AIA New York and address the crucial role that design plays in achieving New York City’s ambitious goal, outlined in OneNYC, to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. Created with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the guidelines are a collaboration by the AIANY Committee on the Environment; Kiss + Cathcart, Architects; ClosedLoops; the Foodprint Group; the NYC Department of Sanitation; and other organizations throughout New York City.


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