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Kevin Orner

Addressing Multiple Sustainable Development Goals and Grand Challenges through Nutrient Management

About the Talk:

Efforts to manage nutrients from wastewater are motivated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges for Engineering. Other global trends like climate change and population growth motivate the need for wastewater treatment to integrate the recovery of resources such as nutrients. Nutrients can be managed in a variety of contexts--urban and rural, centralized and decentralized, developed and developing. The presentation will highlight a few examples of nutrient recovery, including from digester effluents in California, pig waste in Costa Rica, and urine in Kenya.




Dr. Kevin Orner is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, leading an NSF InFEWS project on the recovery of nutrients from concentrated waste streams and production of fertilizer products. After obtaining a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a certificate in Technical

Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, he joined the University of South Florida's Peace Corps Master's International Program, which combined one year of multi-disciplinary coursework on campus and two years of international service. Kevin served for two years in the Peace Corps as a Water & Sanitation Engineer in an indigenous community in rural Panama.