Provides a multidisciplinary approach to managing waste in low- and middle-income countries with strategies that diminish greenhouse gas emissions and provide enterprise opportunities for marginalized populations. Studies waste management strategies in cities in Africa, India, and Latin America; examines case studies of collection, recycling, and waste-to-energy businesses developed in low-income settings; and researches public policy that supports sustainable, integrated, solid waste management systems. Student teams develop waste management strategies that culminate in a two-week IAP trip to Nicaragua where students will work with a local NGO and the municipality to assist in the implementation of waste management initiatives. Includes guest speakers and field trips. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.
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