Tim Townsend
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Environmental Engineering Sciences

This new course will be focused on the critical topic of solid waste management (materials such as paper, plastic, food waste, etc.) in developing countries. As the planet’s population continues to grow exponentially, it is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish due to inadequate solid waste management practices on land. Due to the need of interdisciplinary solutions to these complex challenges, this course is meant to bring together students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines including international resource management, international studies, environmental engineering, and other related fields. The course will focus on how communities and organizations in developing countries design and develop programs and practices that can properly manage solid waste and empower local communities while doing so. The course will study topics such as recycling, composting, landfills, marine debris and human health as it relates to solid waste. It will blend both classroom and field work together and will be a group learning experience.

This course counts as a Latin American Studies elective, but is open to students of all majors. If you are interested in registering for this course, please email Amanda Brinton (ab86@ufl.edu) and CC Dr. Tim Townsend (ttown@ufl.edu).