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Sintana Vergara

Environmental Engineer and Junior Professional Associate

Sintana Vergara joined the World Bank’s Urban Development unit to assess and improve solid waste (trash) management in cities. Her academic background is in Environmental Engineering (BS, Cornell University; MS, UC Berkeley) and Energy and Resources (MS, PhD, UC Berkeley). She has worked with local NGOs on small-scale water treatment in Bangladesh, Mexico, and India, and on solid waste management in Colombia. Her dissertation explored the climate mitigation benefits of reuse as a waste management strategy for cities. She focused on the environmental trade-offs from informal recycling in Bogotá, Colombia, where her research was funded by a Fulbright Fellowship. She is generally interested in studying and catalyzing the use of waste as a resource, and feels very lucky that in the World Bank’s Cities and Climate Change group, she can explore two fascinating modern phenomena: garbage and cities