Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI)
CWMI develops and shares research-based knowledge to help stakeholders - from farmers to policymakers - make sound decisions on managing organic residual...CWMI Established in 1987, the Cornell Waste Management Institute serves the public through research, outreach, training, and technical assistance programs in solid waste disposal, management and planning, and sharing research-based knowledge to help stakeholders make sound decisions on managing organic residuals. CWMI addresses the environmental and social issues associated with waste management by focusing university resources and capabilities on this pressing economic, environmental and political issue. The issues staff, affiliated researchers and educators address at the institute include developing technical solutions to waste management problems and, more broadly, waste generation and composition, waste reduction, risk management, environmental equity and public decision-making. Some of the institute’s current research projects examine composting as a component of integrated waste management, assessing the benefits and impacts or agricultural application of sewage sludge, manures, fertilizers, and source reduction. The institute also does outreach programs to improve the ability of local officials, businesses and the public to make informed waste management decisions and to enhance the competency of solid waste professionals through increased training opportunities.
CWMI offers courses and workshops for solid waste professionals, local government officials, Cooperative Extension personnel and the public. The institute’s teaching, research and outreach projects involve faculty, staff, and students from many Cornell departments, as well as other cooperators, local governments and non-governmental organizations.