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AUA Acopian Center Conducts Workshop for Employees of Kentron Administrative District of Yerevan

YEREVAN, Armenia – On February 6, 2019, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment organized a workshop for employees of the Kentron administrative district of Yerevan. AUA Acopian Center and Yerevan Municipality staff discussed challenges the city is facing, including waste management, transportation, energy efficiency in buildings, water and stormwater management, and urban greening with a heavy emphasis on the principles of sustainable design and circular economy.

The workshop began with presentations by the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment director Alen Amirkhanian and then circular economy expert Harutyun Alpetyan. Amirkhanian’s presentation focused on ways of improving environmental sustainability in cities while considering smart, resilient, and inclusive solutions. Alpetyan talked about the current projects at the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment, including Waste Governance in Armenia and solid waste analysis. He discussed ways to address municipal waste challenges based on circular economy principles.

Amirkhanian and Viktor Mnatsakanyan, Head of the Kentron administrative district of Yerevan, agreed on identifying further collaboration opportunities.

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment, a research center of the American University of Armenia, promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. The AUA Acopian Center’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy, and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.

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