Zero Waste Design Guidelines

Over the course of the past year, through tours to waste-to-energy plants and recycling facilities and diversion centers, Getting to Zero: New York + Waste revealed the vast network of spaces that keep New York City clean, healthy, and functioning. But as the social, environmental, and economic costs of our waste continue to multiply, it is clear that if New York is to achieve its ambitious goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030, we need to fundamentally rethink they way we manage garbage in the city.

The release of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines is an important step in that direction. The Zero Waste Design Guidelines were developed in a collaborative process that lasted more than a year and involved over a hundred individuals and visits to more than forty buildings, following the path taken by waste from initial disposal to collection at the curb. The guidelines serve as inspiration and resource to help designers, developers, and building operators transform buildings to reduce the amount of waste generated, reconceive of waste as a resource, improve our streets, and help the city reach its zero waste goal.

Join us for a special evening to conclude Getting to Zero and learn about the Zero Waste Design Guidelines and the crucial role that the design of our built environment plays in ensuring a cleaner, more sustainable future for New York.


Presentation of the guidelines by authors Clare Miflin, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects; Christina Grace, Foodprint Group; and Benjamin Miller and Juliette Spertus, ClosedLoops; followed by a panel discussion with Clare Miflin; Elizabeth Balkan, Director of Policy and Senior Advisor, Office of the Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation; Claudia Herasme, Chief Urban Designer / Director of Urban Design, NYC Department of City Planning; and Emily Kildow, Sustainability Manager, Taconic Management Company; moderated by Cole Rosengren, Staff Reporter, Waste Dive.


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333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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