James Sullivan, February 2010, #09-75924 (2.44 Mb).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, estimates that more than 136 million tons of debris, over 40% of the total waste stream, is generated annually in the United States as a result of building-related construction (U.S. EPA, 2002). Aiming to minimize environmental impact, the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management enlisted the University of Florida to formulate a plan to minimize Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste generated by the construction industry.

The study requires investigation of waste generation trends, waste management plans, and waste statistics of the construction industry and specifically at the University. One such waste management method is governed by the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating systems. The success of the LEED building rating systems would be analyzed and evaluated based on reduction of environmental impact.

Three deliverables are required. First, guidelines outlining diversion of C&D waste. Second, an analysis of the University's waste management plans and waste generation to determine successes and shortcomings. Finally, utilizing University data, a waste prediction tool will be developed. This tool should be capable of predicting an accurate quantity of waste that can be
expected as a result of future construction.

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