Managing Waste Management: Courtney Berquist, pictured here in a head shot, is finding ways to manage garbage

Grad Student Research: Managing Waste Management

Graduate student Courtney Berquist, who is completing a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering, is conducting outstanding research on solid waste management.

For most people, waste management is just putting their garbage out at the end of their driveway every two weeks. But there’s more to it than that, according to Berquist.

Waste Management: It’s Not that Simple

“It’s not that simple,” she says, “and I always wanted to learn more about it.”

During her undergraduate career, Berquist worked with the research group of Environmental Engineering Prof. Dr. Paul Van Geel, an expert on landfills

“Everyone was so passionate about their research and supportive of doing post graduate work, that they made my decision to stay at Carleton to do graduate work very easy,” notes Berquist.

She has just won the Robert P. Stearns award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). SWANA receives applications from all over Canada and the U.S. and chooses only one recipient each year.

Read more about Berquist’s research on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs website.