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Developing a Sustainability Rating Tool for Wastewater Systems

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As part of a growing trend towards integrated economic, social, and environmental sustainability, there is interest in wastewater treatment systems that use less energy (or even produce energy), allow for the elimination or beneficial reuse of biosolids, and restore natural nutrient cycles.

A sustainability rating system specifically designed for use by wastewater utilities can serve as an industry benchmark for environmental considerations and will be of practical use to utilities. Such a tool would complement other research, decision analysis techniques, and environmental management systems being used to develop sustainability indicators for projects, industries, and geographic areas.

This concept is inspired by the successful “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED™) Green Building Rating System(s) developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which provides national standards for what constitutes a “green building.”
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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