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

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Environmental Policy & Mgmt


Kenneth Knox


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


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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