My passion for sustainable development began at the age of 17, when I was first introduced to the field. Since then, I have focused my education and career on the most effective solutions for transforming waste into resources. I’m always looking for innovative ways to bring environmental, economic, and social benefits to communities through advanced solid waste management systems.
Ljupka Arsova specializes in planning and implementing best practices for solid waste management (SWM) and materials recovery, including anaerobic digestion and advanced technologies for processing organic waste. For over a decade, she has worked extensively with private entities and local governments around the world to advance SWM programs in the United States, China, Africa, the Middle East, Brazil, and the Western Balkans, often working with non-governmental organizations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, and the Clinton Climate Initiative. A skilled project manager, she has completed many strategic technical and economic feasibility studies; resource (feedstock) availability assessments; and procurement processes. At ERG, she supports EPA’s national and international programs by leading the development of strategic documents for lowering carbon emissions from solid waste management practices.
Ljupka holds a Young Masters Program degree in sustainable development from Lund University, Sweden; a B.S. and M.S. in ecology and environmental protection from the University of Belgrade; and an M.S. in earth and environmental engineering from Columbia University. She is a published author and regular speaker at leading national and international conferences. Passionate about empowering women and promoting STEM education for girls, she actively supports the United Macedonian Diaspora and was included in their 2014 “40 under 40” list as a role model and rising star in her field of expertise.