F&ES 612b / 2016-2017
Waste and Materials Management: Fundamentals and Frontiers (begins Jan 24)
This new, 2-credit course offering will introduce and formalize concepts related to waste and materials management seen from perspectives of operations, policy, and business. Because there is no disposal-free society, learning about waste that stays as waste is a key element of the class. Interest in using wastes as resources opens up other questions related to materials management, policy and regulation, and finance and economics. One goal of the class is to examine fundamentals including generation, collection, processing (e.g., by recycling and composting), and landfilling. Key materials such as paper, plastic, industrial waste and hazardous waste will receive individual attention. A second goal of the class is to describe and discuss alternative futures for waste and materials using ideas drawn from industrial ecology and technology. Half of each class session will be devoted to structured learning of fundamentals and the second half will bring in frontiers through readings and student-led discussions. Students who wish to engage in and complete a waste and materials research project in conjunction with the research team can sign up for an additional credit.
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