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Reducing waste in the workplace is no easy feat. And getting management, coworkers and facilities staff onboard with waste reduction efforts like recycling and composting is one of the biggest challenges.
This summer and early fall, architects, designers and engineers were tasked with reducing waste in their workplaces via the Zero Waste Challenge. The challenge, which was hosted by the American Institute of Architects’ New York Chapter (AIANY) with support from the Durst Organization and launched with the “Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City” exhibit previously on view at The Center for Architecture in New York City, took place from June to October and helped support New York City’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030.
For the challenge, participants were encouraged to apply the best practices outlined in the “Zero Waste Design Guidelines” (a comprehensive set of strategies that address issues of waste management and waste reduction through building design) to their own workplaces to reduce waste, measure the results of their efforts by weighing bags and doing waste audits and share strategies to improve performance.