Historically unprecedented impact of megacities on the natural environment demands sustainable solutions. Cities are on unsustainable trajectories of resource consumption, waste generation and emerging contaminants. Sustainable solutions are presented for numerous urban problems from multidisciplinary perspectives on four key ideas. Coupling of problems, such as waste management with energy production, solves multiple problems simultaneously. Modelling possible scenarios with economic and ecological constraints optimizes sustainable design solutions. Test-bedding and engaging stakeholders enable discovery of value, challenges and end-user buy-in. These ideas will be interleaved with examples of actual projects: Urban food waste to energy and coupled models of freshwater contaminants.
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About the Speaker
Augustine Quek (Ph.D., MBA) is the programme manager of the E2S2-CREATE programme, a joint collaborative programme between Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) under the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) framework. He manages the $24.1 million dollar R&D research effort that examines coupled environments problems through experimentation, systems modelling and test-bedding at different scales and complexity of two cities – the megacity Shanghai and land-scarce Singapore.
He has held various positions, from project manager, to faculty position. His research has dealt with various wastes to resource issues, environmental impacts, Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) and other integrative approaches to sustainability.
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