D-Lab Waste Course

D-Lab Waste provides a multi-disciplinary approach to managing waste in low-and–middle-income countries with strategies that diminish greenhouse gas emissions and provide enterprise opportunities for marginalized populations. The course, comprised of lectures, field trips, and guest speakers, 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 trip during MIT’s January Independent Activities Period to Nicaragua where students will work with blueEnergy, a local NGO, the UNDP, and the municipality, to assist in the implementation of waste management initiatives.



Dayna Cunningham