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Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D.

Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Urban Program

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Solid waste management, recycling, paper industry, sustainable development, mountaintop removal mining, supply chain management, industrial ecology, medical wastes, sludge.


Allen Hershkowitz is a senior scientist for NRDC, joined the organization in 1988 and has coordinated prominent institutional greening initiatives, including the Academy Awards telecast, the GRAMMY Awards, "Broadway Goes Green," and the greening of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the United States Tennis Association. He serves on the DuPont Corporation's Bio-Based Fuels Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Board, and has served on the National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board Subcommittee on Sludge Incineration, as well as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Peer Review Panel for its Report to Congress on the Health Implication of Medical Waste. He has also served as the chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner's Advisory Board on Operating Requirements for Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators.

He is the author of Bronx Ecology: A Blueprint for a New Environmentalism (Island Press, 2002). His other publications include Too Good To Throw Away: Recycling’s Proven Record (New York: NRDC, 1997), Garbage Management in Japan (New York: INFORM, 1987), Garbage Burning: Lessons from Europe (New York: INFORM, 1986), and Garbage: Practices, Problems and Remedies (New York: INFORM, 1988). He has also published many articles, and contributed essays to numerous books. His work has been the subject of numerous profiles and feature articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

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