What is the Sustainability Waste Hierarchy?

Sustainability Waste Hierarchy

Alan Levy, the Founder of Epee Education, takes us back to his time as the Global Sustainability Lead for a $500M program of capital projects with a large pharmaceutical client.

With this point of reference, Alan explains the concept of the waste hierarchy. He also ties it into the circular economy and “financial sustainability” – a concept he coined in his program.

Alan discusses the massive value these concepts brought to his projects. Done correctly, they can generate major project savings while meeting sustainability objectives and finding better or new uses for project waste.

Drawing from his sustainability program, Alan helps you understand actual real-world application of these concepts. He also provides learnings to help you implement similar programming yourself.

Agenda and Introduction

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Agenda and Introduction
1:05

Alan highlights the agenda for this presentation and gives a quick introduction on his background as a Sustainability Lead. 

What is the Waste Hierarchy?

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What is the Waste Hierarchy
8:04

This lesson takes you through the Waste Hierarchy from beginning to end.

Application in an Actual Project

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Application in an Actual Project
2:30

See the application of the Waste Hierarchy in a real-life example of a 5-year project.

Financial Sustainability

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Financial Sustainability
6:28

Alan introduces his concept of "financial sustainability" - a term that he may or may not have coined!

Applying the Waste Hierarchy

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Applying the Waste Hierarchy
3:01

Learn the difference between the Waste Hierarchy in the US and the UK.

Recycling Actual Project Waste

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Recycling Actual Project Waste
1:13

Alan explains a line graph depicting the amount of project waste diverted from landfill.

The Circular Economy

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The Circular Economy
0:53

This lesson explores the ancient symbol of ouroboros, and how that applies to the circular economy – where one company’s waste is another company’s supply.

Donations = Community Impact

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Donations = Community Impact
2:10

Find out more about how valuable of an impact donations can make on a community.

Value within a Circular Economy

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Value within a Circular Economy
2:07

Understand the value within a circular economy, including examples of education donation and office furniture resale.

Tying Back to the Defining Principles

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Tying Back to the Defining Principles
2:00

Alan makes a connection between the Waste Hierarchy and the defining principles.

Impacting the 13 Sustainability Themes

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Impacting the 13 Sustainability Themes
2:21

This lesson explores how it's much more than waste that is impacted - it's also many of the 13 Sustainability Themes.

Waste Hierarchy Review

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Waste Hierarchy Review
0:47

Alan recaps the Waste Hierarchy, emphasizing how there are many ways to avoid landfills besides just recycling.

Sustainability Sessions on Epee

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Sustainability Sessions on Epee
1:00

In closing, Alan discusses other sustainability sessions available on Epee.

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