In 2009, the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) was launched as a new center for research within Villanova University’s College of Engineering. Its mission is “to protect and restore our environment through research on the integration of sustainability principles in engineering practice.”
On April 10, 2015, VCASE hosted its first annual research symposium. This half-day event brought together nearly 60 professionals from academia, industry and government sectors to share best practices and research findings to promote sustainable solutions to critical issues relating to water quality, infrastructure and energy. Villanova students also attended to learn about key sustainability efforts impacting today’s businesses.
After a brief welcome and event overview from VCASE Director Robert Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, ’82 MSCE, the symposium kicked off with a keynote presentation by Vice President of Research & Development for Covanta Energy Corporation Steve Goff ’82 ChE. Speaking on the topic of “Sustainable Waste Management and Energy from Waste,” Goff noted that the U.S. is well behind Europe and Asia in the use of Energy from Waste (EfW), which is considered the most sustainable source of power available today.