Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.27
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Arlington
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Meghna Tare
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Solid Waste Institute For Sustainability

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The mission of the Organized Research Center of Excellence (ORCE) - Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) is to work on developing clean and healthy urban cities through sustainable waste management

To provide better sanitation and reduce effect of waste and waste management facilities on the residents living nearby waste management facilities.
To educate and train solid waste management personnel involved in landfill operation from Texas, USA and other developed and developing countries.
To help young generation/waste management professionals develop business related to waste management, recycling and create jobs. This will ultimately lead to poverty alleviation.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The center stems from Hossain’s extensive work in the area of waste management and bioreactor landfill technology and research that his team has conducted in cooperation with the city of Denton and Ghana, Africa - See more at: http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2015/06/solid-waste-institute-sustainability.php#sthash.g8IuT9bt.dpuf
In Denton, Hossain and his colleague Melanie Sattler, an associate professor of civil engineering, developed and implemented an extensive sensor system designed to boost methane production in landfills as an alternative energy source. The Denton landfill system generates enough methane gas to power 3,000 homes. A plan was developed to boost methane production in Ghana but the team is still seeking funding for implementation. The team’s work is representative of the high-impact research UT Arlington faculty and students are contributing in alignment with UT Arlington’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact and has attracted the attention of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Hossain said. See a video about the center here. - See more at: http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2015/06/solid-waste-institute-sustainability.php#sthash.g8IuT9bt.dpuf

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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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