Resources for Sustainability: Evaluating the Environmental Impact and Benefits Potential of Waste and Related Feedstock

Resources for Sustainability: Evaluating the Environmental Impact and Benefits Potential of Waste and Related Feedstock

From mapping feedstock supply and infrastructure, analyzing impacts of recycling programs, to alternative fuel creation, waste and its byproducts have far-reaching impacts on sustainability.

Sustainable Waste Management is a key factor in creating and maintaining prosperous communities and a healthy environment. Guided by the principle that waste can be converted to beneficial products, relevant information helps lead individuals, businesses, and communities to take proactive approaches in making this conversion widespread.

Two complementary ideas of waste management include waste mitigation and waste conversion—in other words, reducing waste that causes pollution, and increasing sustainable resources that waste products can ultimately create.

This entry in Team Gemini’s ongoing “Resources for Sustainability” series will highlight a selection of tools from our Resources compilation to help manage waste. Resources vary from interactive maps, calculators, to Excel and PDF files.

Topic areas include a range related to waste management, including:

  • Feedstock Supply: Provides insight into feedstock supply sources—like organic waste—that can be turned into valuable resources like electricity, heat, and even alternative fuels.
  • Recycling Management: Presents Greenhouse Gas evaluation metrics of waste management programs based on particular waste inputs. This helps determine the environmental impact of waste management, as well as potential energy contained in a given waste supply.

Following are some of the notable resources we’ve discovered. Feel free to explore more on our Resources page, or contact us if you’d like to recommend others.

Featured Resources

Tool Topic Description Accessibility
BioFuels Atlas Feedstock Supply See where biomass feedstocks can be used for biofuels production. Intermediate
BioPower Atlas Feedstock Supply See where biomass feedstocks can be used for power production. Intermediate
Waste Reduction Model (WARM) Recycling Management Helps solid waste planners track and report greenhouse gas emissions reductions from various waste management practices. Advanced
Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool Recycling Management Helps organizations, companies, and individuals estimate life-cycle GHG emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content. Advanced
Office Carbon Footprint Tool Recycling Management Assists offices in making decisions to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their activities.  Advanced

For a full listing of Team Gemini sustainability tools and resources, please visit our resources page at http://teamgemini.us/resources/.