JHU: Construction and Demolition Waste Analyst Internship

The Johns Hopkins Facilities and Real Estate's (JHFRE) Design & Construction group is responsible for all planning, design and construction activity on the Homewood, Peabody, School of Nursing (SoN), Carey Business, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and School of Education campuses. At a university that is constantly updating its building and expanding square footage, construction related waste is a high volume, hard to divert waste stream. With tight project budgets and timelines, and waste types often warranting different types of solution, capturing, weighing and recycling, donating or reselling this waste is hard to streamline. In order to develop a fluid, more sustainable system that helps reduce waste and recirculate resources within Baltimore, it’s essential to understand the current landscape of partners across the spectrum of demolition to diversion.

The intern will report to Amy Mercurio, Ashley Pennington and Leana Houser. The internship will start in June and end in late August 2017.

The goals, objectives and desired outcomes for this internship are:

Long term goals 

  • Identify metrics and methodology for capturing waste stream data.
  • Divert as much construction waste and debris as possible through donation and recycling initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities for reuse and develop a protocol for project managers.

Objectives for Summer 2017

  • Work alongside Project Managers to understand Design and Construction internal processes and project timelines with regard to waste handling.
  • Review historic project documentation and catalog disposal methods, waste metrics, and best practices by project type and/or contractor.
  • Identify projects by type, e.g. cost, size, etc., to determine if recycling and/or donation standards can be established.
  • Communicate with external partners to identify the upstream and downstream opportunities for reuse, donation and recycling.
  • Draft sustainability standards and protocols for D&C waste capture and pilot with a project.

Key functions and learning outcomes

  • Collecting and curating critical information that informs long term strategic planning, partnership building, and implementation.
  • Initiate conversations that introduce challenge/opportunity to a diverse set of stakeholders, and navigating the process to understand barriers, benefits and perceptions to programmatic efforts.
  • Broaden perspective through direct exposure of campus facilities planning and maintenance, as essential experience to understanding systems level change opportunities.

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