The sustainable materials management group in ESSIE is part of the Environmental Engineering Sciences Department. A combination of field and laboratory activities focus on the applied research needs of the solid waste management community. Undergraduate and graduate student course topics include fundamentals of waste management, landfill design, and beneficial use of waste materials.
In the Spring 2021 semester, Professor Townsend is teaching ENV 4351/5306 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. Professor of Practice Laux is instructing a course on Landfill Design (ENV4300/6301). Ongoing research topics include recycling of waste-to-energy ash, sustainable landfill design and operation, construction and demolition debris management, beneficial use of waste materials and sustainable materials management.