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“Incineration only makes sense if we had another planet to go to,” declares Paul Connett Ph.D., world-renowned waste management expert and chemist. Connett will present a forum, “Zero Waste: Waste Management for the 21st Century,” which will provide details on sustainable solutions to waste management and progress on these around the world.

The talk, sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Albright Auditorium.  It will include a comparison of gasification incineration and mass burn incineration; the arguments against incineration (including the health dangers); and an analysis of the gasification technology proposed by Casella Waste Systems for the Ontario County Landfill.

Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He retired after 23 years as a professor of chemistry at St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y. With a specialty in environmental chemistry and toxicology, his research on waste management has taken him to 49 U.S. states and 50 countries, where he has given approximately 2,000 public, pro bono presentations. He has co-authored six peer-reviewed articles on dioxin and numerous other articles on waste management.

Ralph Nader said of Connett, “He is the only person I know who can make waste interesting.”

For more information, call the Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition at (315) 412-0401, or email