The Faculty of Engineering (FE) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) has joined forces with a consortium of local and European institutions in a three-year capacity-building project that aims to promote safe and sustainable hospital wastewater management in Lebanon and other countries.
Within the scope of the Sustainable Wastewater Treatment for Hospitals Project (SWaTH), FE Associate Professor Dr. Talal Salem and Instructor Dr. Claudette Hajj, among other academic associates, visited the University of Lleida (UdL) in Spain, from April 4 till 8 for training in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
This project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, presents a valuable opportunity for knowledge transfer between European institutions and Lebanese universities.
During this mobility, several presentations focusing on environmental, social, and life cycle cost analyses were offered. Further, the team visited Industrial, Municipal and Urban wastewater treatment plants, namely the Industrial plant in Igualada, and the Aqualia plant in Lleida, in addition to the Cambalia Tannery in Igualada, the UdL Igualada lab, and UdL CREA building. The mobility ended with a roundtable discussion on present Lebanese and European practices concerning wastewater treatment and the prospective improvements therein.
NDU commends both Dr. Salem and Dr. Hajj for their extensive involvement in the SWaTH mobility and their efforts in developing wastewater treatment and overall environmental conscientiousness in Lebanon.