4B — April 26 - May 9, 2019 — Architects & Engineers — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic

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Architects & Engineers

n New York City, the De- partment of Sanitation (DSNY) exports more than By Lisa Cassidy, Senior Strategist and Founder for ecoImagine Zero Waste Design Guidelines Offer Architects Innovative Building Design Options and Tools I climate goals.”

Unfortunately, New York City is not the only major city facing high costs and anti- quated processes when it comes to managing waste, but they are among the few with very aggressive zero waste goals. According to OneNYC, “The City is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in solid waste management by achieving the goal of Zero Waste by 2030, eliminating the need to send waste to out-of-state landfills and minimizing the overall environmental impact of the city’s trash.” In an effort to achieve this

goal, New York-based Clare Miflin, architect at Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, brought together a team of architects and planners to develop a set of guidelines, called the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, that would offer architects innova- tive waste solutions for new building designs. The guidelines were created with the help of over 100 col- laborators including architects, planners, developers, city of- ficials, engineers, sustainabil- ity consultants, university researchers, waste haulers, recycling experts and building

managers. Even porters and superintendents were inter- viewed so that the team could fully address waste collection issues and issues confronting different building types. Rethinking the way waste is stored, managed, diverted and transported was central to de- veloping the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. And not a moment too soon. Mark Chambers, Di- rector of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability stated, “Better designed, more effective, and more intentional waste man- agement is a necessary part of the City’s effort to meet its

The Zero Waste Design Guidelines serve as both a set of practical recommendations and an inspiration for future build- ing designs in any major city. The guidelines can be found at zerowastedesign.org along with an online Waste Calculator that helps architects estimate waste volume and provides equipment recommendations for storing and compacting waste, baling recycled mate- rial (cardboard, plastic, alumi- num and glass) and managing organics. The calculator also gives developers and building owners an idea of the impact waste and recycling initiatives can have on the total volume of each waste stream. As you might expect, the online calculator is primarily intended for the design of new buildings where the volume of waste is not yet known, however it can also be used in existing buildings to see how the different type of equipment can reduce the volume of waste – allowing building managers to evaluate different waste diversion strategies. According to Clare Miflin, ”Good design should change behavior without people even noticing.” The Zero Waste Design Guidelines were made pos- sible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and were developed in collaboration with the AIA New York Com- mittee on the Environment; Kiss + Cathcart, Architects; ClosedLoops; and the Foodprint Group. Lisa Cassidy is senior strategist and founder of ecoImagine. n SARA elects CTA Architects’ Yogev to president NEW YORK, NY — Archi- tect Asaf Yogev, AIA, SARA , an Associate with NYC-based CTA Architects, P.C. (CTA) , has been elected president of the New York Council of the Society of American Regis- tered Architects (SARA). SARA, founded in 1956, is a think tank and professional association of architects that provides its members with professional development and educational opportunities, fel- lowships, information on the industry’s best practices and technical innovations, and peer-to-peer networking. n

12,000 tons of waste each day. Because there is no waste stor- age require- me n t s f o r commercial b u i l d i n g s , each building

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can manage waste as they see fit. For many building owners, waste is a costly process. It is managed manually and stored indoors or on loading docks.


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