Waste Design Advice from Building Operators

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We should be designing for zero waste, but that's not always the case. Often times, architects and developers are not building appropriate waste storage areas—or any at all! This panel will share their firsthand experiences navigating the challenges of collecting, transporting and storing waste streams in both commercial and residential buildings. We will hear from two building operators about the impacts of building design and storage limitations, access to certain space types, and creative solutions to overcome these hurdles. 

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Christina Grace
Foodprint Group

Christina Grace is a leader in sustainable food systems and zero waste in food and hospitality. She is CEO of Foodprint Group, a consultancy that helps companies design for zero waste through sustainable purchasing, optimal recycling infrastructure and integrated training. Grace has spent 15+ years managing projects that drive economic development, address public health and mitigate climate change through better business practices and policy. She has led waste reduction, recycling and food waste processing projects for companies such as Google, Related Companies and Eataly, and co-authored the New York City Zero Waste Design Guidelines. Christina is an advocate for healthy and sustainable food and waste policies and a trained cook based in Brooklyn.

Nick Rama
Vornado Realty Trust/BMS

Nick Rama currently works in Property Management at Vornado Realty Trust. Prior to his position at VNO, Rama worked at Building Maintenance Service, the wholly-owned janitorial subsidiary of VNO, for 10 years. As the Building Supervisor, hek oversaw nightly janitorial operations and waste management for multiple commercial properties. Rama and his team were responsible for the removal and storage of waste, providing tenant waste diversion reports and support for organics programs. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Pennsylvania State University.

Martin Robertson
Strivers Gardens Condominium

Martin Robertson has over ten years of experience in facilities management. Robertson is President of HHM Consulting, and specializes in Superintendent training, Condominium Board advisement, and Project Management. He is also a member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) and is currently on their Residential Recycling Committee. Several of his methods for residential recycling have been highlighted in The New York Times and Habitat magazine, and he has appeared on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show.


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