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Oh crap! Blackwater remediation policies, technologies and products

GBCI: 0910000357

New developments in sustainable and ecological building, new technology sewage, and waste disposal
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU

Average: 3 (1 vote)


With new developments in sustainable and ecological building, new technology sewage and waste disposal has emerged. The concept is to upcycle waste as valuable resource instead of flushing it away and allowing it to cause ecological damage on important aquatic ecosystems. Emerging technologies can be aesthetically pleasing, viably retrofit, and sanitary. In addition, the use of these technologies can save water, capture important nutrients as fertilizers for grounds, and are cost effective.

This course is a recording of a live webinar hosted on May 28, 2014.


  1. Identify environmental issues in current sewage infrastructure
  2. Assess the sustainable sewage options
  3. Choose appropriate sustainable sewage options for existing and new construction buildings
  4. Understand the maintenance and biological requirements for systems
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Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
Grand Rapids, MI
United States


Atara Jaffe

Project Coordinator CitiLog
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Principal, zenerG
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This is a basic level course that points out some of the waste-water (black-water) reduction and treatment technologies available. Its well-rounded as an introduction that would be useful to building owners, users, designers, contractors and maintenance personnel.

If you are looking for technical details for on-site waste-water management, you won't find them here. The course is a little light on the policy side where the presenter explains that the waste-water treatment issues are sensitive for the local municipalities, but there is little explanation about the different types of building codes in the country (or world) that are helpful to, or hinder black-water reduction strategies.

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