Title

Developing Successful Partnerships for Landfill Gas to Energy Projects with Methane and Land Reuse Applications

Date of Award

3-13-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Kenneth Knox

Keywords

CSR; GHG; landfill; LFGE; LMOP; methane; partnering; renewable; sustainability

Abstract

Partnerships are formed to satisfy a need that either participant cannot meet alone. Careful scrutiny of any intended business relationship is necessary in determining whether strategic objectives are aligned and identifying the potential benefits and threats of the partnership. When Waste Management, Inc. sought a methane recipient for their landfill gas to energy project, partner selection was based on having adequate capital and meeting Waste Management's environmental objectives. Selecting project partners should be structured around core sustainability criteria and generating the greatest economic benefit. An economic analysis satisfies the capital funding criterion, but a sustainability business model is needed to determine whether environmental objectives are aligned. This capstone project demonstrates how these important tools can be applied to future projects.

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