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Welcome to the Earth Engineering Center (EEC)

The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) was formed in 1995. Its original mission was to direct engineering research on processes and products that balance the increasing use of materials and the finite resources of the Earth. EEC introduced the Industrial Ecology, GIS, and Thermal Processing of Wastes courses at Columbia Universityat, was the first engineering unit of Columbia's Earth Institute, and co-organized the 1997 Global Warming International Conference (GW8) at Columbia. As of 1998, the historic Henry Krumb School of Mines, the first mining and metallurgy school in the U.S. (1864) consists of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (EAEE), the first such program in the U.S., the Materials Science Program, and the Earth Engineering Center.

EEC has contributed to the formation of EAEE which now includes several research units, including the Water Center (Prof. Upmanu Lall), the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (Prof. Alissa Park) and the Life Cycle Analysis Center (Prof. Vasilis Fthenakis). As of 2000, EEC has concentrated on advancing sustainable waste management in the U.S. and globally. Economic development has resulted in the generation of billions of tons of used materials which can be a resource but, when not managed properly, are a major environmental problem both in developed and developing nations.

In 2003, EEC formed the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT). The Global WTERT Council (GWC) has sister organizations in several countries, including Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, and the U.K. At this time, there are two WTERT organizations in the U.S.: WTERT-Columbia and WTERT-CCNY, at City College of New York.


The mission of EEC is to identify and help develop the most suitable means for the recovery of materials and energy from  solid and liquid wastes and the preservation of land and water resources; and disseminate this information by means of publications, the web, and technical meetings. The guiding principle is that responsible management of wastes must be based on science and best available technology and not on ideology and economics that exclude environmental costs.

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