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Sustainability Incubator to Convert Waste to Cash

The city of Phoenix and Arizona State University have signed a four-year agreement to establish a public/private sustainability incubator focused on converting waste and other resources into economic value.

The Center for Resource Intelligence (CfRI) will be a network of public and private entities that provides a wide array of research, development, education and services to more effectively manage resources and create economic value. Industries ranging from energy, water, resource extraction, product development, manufacturing and recycling will collaborate in this effort that city staff project could result in $1 million to $3 million of savings annually.

CfRI will be managed by the Sustainability Solutions Services (S3), a program within the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, in collaboration with the city, private sector affiliates and other municipalities and institutions. The city’s investment will initially focus on creating value, economic opportunity and jobs out of waste streams.

The center will work with various businesses and government entities to address types of waste streams including food scraps, recyclables and yard waste using a project-oriented collaborative model.

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