Talking Trash: Harnessing the Power of Waste


Talking Trash: Harnessing the Power of Waste

Megan Crowley, Environmental Manager, Republic Services

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., November 4, 2021   |   140 DeBartolo Hall

What if trash weren’t trash at all?

Font loader moving dirt
Engineer at landfill

Managing the waste of today’s society is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The modern landfill is a feat of contemporary engineering, keeping our groundwater clean and controlling subsurface gas migration. But we can go further than just safe disposal – we can harness the methane from the trash we produce to sustainably fuel every facet of our economy – from critical transportation to keeping the lights on.

Megan Crowley is an Environmental Manager for Republic Services. She has worked in the solid waste industry for nearly a decade, concentrating on air compliance and landfill-gas-to-energy projects. In her current role, she is responsible for environmental compliance and engineering at solid waste facilities across Northwest Indiana.

Megan obtained a B.S. in Applied Ecology & Environmental Sciences from Michigan Technological University.