HOW MY CONTRIBUTIONS ARE GOOD FOR THE UNITED STATES

July 4, 2023

HOW MY CONTRIBUTIONS ARE GOOD FOR THE UNITED STATES

Project one: “Preparation of the “Integrated Waste Management Planning” for the following 15 years of Istanbul City, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, 2011.

Date of Project Initiation: July 2011

Date of Project Completion: October 2011

The project was in response to an open tender by the Metropolitan Government of Istanbul for a solid waste management action plan for the next 15 years. Together with a team I collaborated with, we prepared a report on future population, future quantities, waste types, and urbanization development. Based on our calculations and estimations, we proposed several options for future waste management, which is already being adopted by the Istanbul Government (evidence attached in the addendum). This project has helped various scholars and researchers (attached are the papers that have cited the project).

The project will help the United States students of environment and sustainability because it has comprehensive information on solid waste management. Particularly students can learn the principle of “Sustainable Indicators” to monitor the performance of sustainability. With globalization, industrialization, and rapid economic growth, there has been an increased solid waste management rate. This project will help students who will learn to interpret how globalization, industrialization, and rapid economic growth relate to solid waste management. My expertise and experience in the area will be of great help to students as well. Secondly, the government can adopt some of the project measures, such as waste incineration plants.

Project two: “Analysis of Medical Waste Incineration Plant Ash in Kemerburgaz – Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.”

Project Fund for Istanbul City served as Project Investigator.

Date of Project Initiation: January 2009

Date of Project Completion: December 2009

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality funded this project. I served as a project investigator by finding sustainable and effective solutions to the waste that remains after medical waste incineration. The waste should be purified by removing dangerous heavy metals that have toxic effects on the environment.

In this research, an experimental device was designed according to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and constructed. Pre-treatment, treatment, and alternative techniques were adopted, which are very important in medical waste management. This research can be of great help to the hospitals and clinics in the United States as they can adopt the recommendations therein. The techniques are practical and tried and tested, and effective. The project will contribute greatly to researchers, scholars, students, legislators researching effective medical waste management. (See attached how the project has been applied in research)

Project three: “109Y272: Evaluation of indoor air quality on the historical and cultural objects stored in Dolmabahçe Palace, risk assessment and pollution control strategies”,

Date of Project Initiation: Jan 2010

Date of Project Completion: Jan 2012

The project was funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). In this project, we measured pollution levels in a historical building; Dolmabahçe Palace then suggested relevant strategies to protect the objects stored in that building from harmful levels of pollution and indoor climate conditions. We chose Dolmabahçe Palace as the site of this research because it is a famous and popular destination and the Ottoman Dynasty’s former seat. For this reason, there are many original objects to be protected, and the building itself is of historical importance. I was the sub-investigator for this project, responsible for determining the exposure doses of the materials. Following data collection, I proposed several methods to protect the materials, based on absorbing the humidity with natural materials such as zeolite or perlite with specific amounts, without impacting the historical objects. This research’s outcomes are important for the development of risk management strategies in historical buildings in Istanbul. Several local- and national-level authorities and technicians, and other professionals involved in museum management are using the materials developed in this work for their management and risk assessment practices. The research has also been significant in subsequent publications on the challenges of increasing polythene bag waste generation in developing countries (see attached publications that have applied the research).

The research findings will contribute largely to the architects, contractors, and constructors planning to build large buildings such as museums, galleries, libraries, and historical buildings that are at risk of corrosion as a result of air pollution.

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