This session will explore issues surrounding waste management in New York City and opportunities to render the process more sustainable, cost effective, and better integrated within the urban infrastructure. Speakers will present an overview of the history of New York City’s waste stream, socio-economic implications, logistics, and environmental perspectives. Panelists will discuss the current impact of waste on urban and infrastructure systems as well as potential strategies to more effectively “design” waste stream management within our urban fabric. Emerging technologies for waste to energy solutions will be presented, including project case studies in Europe.
Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU, and Anthropologist-in-Residence, DSNY
Dr. Nagle is an anthropologist whose research focuses on waste. She explores the many reasons that labors of waste and logistical necessities of successful large-scale solid waste management are accorded a form of invisibility, despite their essential role in political, economic, environmental, and cultural debate. In addition, she looks at how metropolitan regions are literally shaped by trash, since many urban spaces have been formed by landfilling, and how notions of public health and hygiene are inextricably connected to assumptions about appropriate street cleanliness and garbage collection protocols.
In 2006, Nagle was named anthropologist-in-residence with the Department of Sanitation in New York City. She is the author of Picking Up: on the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. Nagle earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1994.
Juliette Spertus, co-founder, Closed Loops
Juliette Spertus is an architect and co-founder of Closed Loops, an infrastructure strategic planning and development firm. Her experience as a designer in Boston and New York inspired her to explore the integration of invisible support infrastructures, including the networks that bring goods and remove wastes, into urban design. In 2010, she created the exhibition Fast Trash: Roosevelt Island’s Pneumatic Tubes and the Future of Cities and the online resource fasttrash.org.
Fast Trash led to two NY state-funded studies on the costs and benefits of pneumatic waste collection in New York City, which she led with researchers from CUNY’s University Transportation Research Center. She has presented her research on waste and urban design in conferences, design studios, papers and articles in the US and Europe.
Nick Dawber, Managing Director, Energos
With a background in Marine Engineering, Dawber has over 24 years’ experience in the renewables/waste industry. He became involved in the landfill gas industry in 1990, when it was in its infancy in the UK. Dawber was appointed Managing Director of ENER-G’s Natural Power Division in 1998. He successfully built up the division to over 30 sites and 70MW in UK and established operations in Spain and Poland. Dawber took on the challenge of developing the low emission ENERGOS gasification technology in 2004. His team was successful in delivering a $40m contract in Norway between 2008 and 2010. ENERGOS is involved as the key part in 2 major UK contracts at Glasgow and Milton Keynes.
Antonio Reynoso, NYC Council Member, District 34; Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
As the Councilmember representing the 34th district, Reynoso wants to create an environment conducive to a better quality of life for residents of Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Ridgewood in Queens. He understands that success in his district starts with strong schools, the fundamental access to affordable housing, and economic growth. Since 2007, he has worked relentlessly for the communities throughout the 34th Council District improving the quality of life for the residents of Brooklyn and Queens. First, being hired as a Ridgewood representative where he empowered constituencies by fostering relationships with building and small business owners and facilitating the processes of city government. In 2009, Reynoso became Councilmember Reyna’s Chief of Staff, where he oversaw and advanced progressive policies and legislative reforms for affordable housing, economic development, job creation, education, and public safety. Reynoso is an experienced leader who knows how to cultivate diverse coalitions and is focused on delivering and maximizing the necessary programs and services to the diverse populations in the 34th District.
Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment
Sponsored by: Con Edison