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Transforming the solid waste industry.

Due to the rapidly growing environmental impact of “once-through” waste products, the founder of LEED, Rob Watson, is developing a voluntary performance standard that aims to recognize leaders in municipal waste management.

CSC’s Role

CSC’s Role is to conduct a “state of the industry” analysis on Tompkins County and Cornell’s waste management infrastructure and programs to produce a comprehensive report detailing findings, lessons learned, and recommendations for eventual SWEEP certification on the county and campus level.

Current work

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  • Our team is working to synthesize our findings in a comprehensive case study report on the state of the waste industry for Cornell and Tompkins County to determine the feasibility of piloting the SWEEP standard locally.

  • Additionally, we are creating two separate reports - one detailing the operational and environmental performance, and the other highlighting the value of SWEEP to both municipalities and the solid waste industry from a business/marketing standpoint.


What we’ve done

  • In our research, we have compiled a thorough database of waste management data from Cornell and Tompkins County.

  • We have written a final report detailing the methods, progress, and lessons learned in the Fall 2018 semester.

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OUR PARTNERS:

Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol

Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

Cornell University Sustainable Design

Cornell University Sustainable Design


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LOoking to the future…

Our long term goal is to SWEEP certify our industrial and municipal partners by launching a pilot program locally.