sustainable development

sustainable development

Ushma Pandya explains why building design should consider low waste goals at the earliest stages of design. 

Buildings are designed for comfort, productivity, entertaining and living. Buildings have historically not been designed to support low waste goals. However, that is changing as architects and developers have come to realize the importance of design in supporting low waste goals. A few years ago, the Zero Waste Design guidelines were developed and have been a catalyst for thinking about design and waste.

A simple example of the importance of design is the problem of collecting recyclable and organic materials (aka compost) in older office buildings. The pantries can be small and may not have a sink. There is no way to rinse recyclables and no room to put in a third bin for composting. If companies can solve the question of where to collect organic materials in their office space, the problem of where to store the compost bin in the loading dock area arises. If organic materials are not collected every day (and it may not be feasible economically), then a cold storage room is usually required to manage odors.

Without effective storage, tenants and property managers may be reluctant to embark on a composting program. The same issues arise in residential buildings where the refuse room is generally small and often does not have any room for compost bins, let alone recycle bins or any other specialty recycle bins.

One of the issues with designing for waste is that there are many competing priorities for space, and waste does not always have a strong advocate at the table — typically, no one is advocating for waste at the design table, but that is beginning to change. Secondly, the volume of waste and the variety of materials that are tossed have increased over the past few decades, necessitating more space for waste storage and for sorting.


Key points include:

  • Identifying the low waste goals
  • Key initiatives and design implications
  • Space requirements


Read the full article, Low Waste Goals Need to Be Designed into Buildings from the Beginning, on LinkedIn.

From his podcast, Powering Prosperity, Indranil Ghosh is interviewed by Julianne Sloane, co-founder of Nossa Data. He shares his background and what led him to write his book.  

In this week’s newsletter, I share some of my ideas on how to achieve sustainable economic development via an interview with Julianne Sloane, co-Founder of Nossa Data—the company which helps organisations reduce the time it takes to carry out ESG reporting. In the interview we discuss how governments can be a catalyst of new industries and job creation, the link between inequality and climate change, progress towards greater diversity in business, and how we all have a portfolio of roles which we can leverage to help drive sustainable change.  

  Interview with Nossa Data 

Can you give an introduction to your background?

“I started off with a passion for technology, a passion for science. My graduate and undergraduate work was in chemical engineering and I did a PhD at MIT looking at polymers and how to control their properties in industrial situations. I’ve always been very interested in applied technology.”

“What I realized is that no matter how great a technology is, it doesn’t get very far if it’s not commercialized. I got interested in the commercialization of technology and business and economics in general in graduate school. After graduate school I joined McKinsey, working there for seven years and becoming an associate principal in their New York office.”

“The next step in my career was to join Bridgewater as a client advisor and strategist. My role was to raise capital for them. As one of the largest institutional investors in the world, I began to understand how global macroeconomics really works in markets. My interest was really in Private Equity, in investing in companies that could do something transformative.”

Read the full interview or listen to the podcast, How to empower economic development, on LinkedIn.


Indranil Ghosh shares the latest episode of Powering Prosperity Weekly. In this post, he shares an interview with Rachel Ziemba of The Street where they discuss the fiscal and infrastructure proposals in Biden’s US congressional address.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Powering Prosperity Weekly.

This newsletter looks at issues relating to the Global Economic Transition that will play out over the coming 20-30 years (see my introductory article on LinkedIn for additional context).

 As President Biden completed his first 100 days in office, I took the opportunity to talk to many folks in policymaking, business, and investing circles to take stock of what’s been achieved and what the priorities should be for the next 100 days. 

 In an article appearing in The Street, Rachel Ziemba and I dissected the fiscal and infrastructure proposals in Biden’s US congressional address. And in a Chief’s Forum sponsored by the Washington Times, I discussed the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in a livestream with former Whitehouse Chiefs of Staff and C-suite execs from across the economy. 

What to Look for in the Next 100 days?

For supporters of sustainable development, the general policy direction of President Biden’s first 100 days has been a refreshing tonic. Averting climate change, fighting inequality, supporting working families, and racial equity are finally centre stage in the American political dialog.


Key points include:

  • Biden’s tax proposals
  • $30 billion in Farm Aid
  • The sustainable investing framework


Read the full article, The Next 100 Days, on LinkedIn.