REFOR13 Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference


April 7, 8, 9, 10, 2014 • San Diego, California • Town & Country Resort

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Agenda: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | | 9:00 AM — 10:15 AM

The Power Of Organics
Keynote Speakers


Why California Is Bullish On Organics Recycling

Caroll Mortensen

Director, CalRecycle


Tapping Bioenergy Opportunities In California

Janea A. Scott

Commissioner, California Energy Commission


Building A "Mensa" Smart Grid On University Campus

Byron Washom

Director of Strategic Energy, University of California, San Diego



Food Recovery & Recycling Track
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | | 11:00 AM — 12:15 PM
Track 1
Building California's
Organics Diversion Infrastructure
Moving The Needle To 75% And Beyond

Scott Smithline, Deputy Director, Cal Recycle

Building Sustainable Organics Infrastructure Using Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds

Howard Levenson, CalRecycle

Evaluating Technology Options To Increase Diversion,
Reduce GHG Emissions

Adam Friedberg, Arup


Track 2
AD Facility Financing
Institutional Investor Perspectives On Project Financing

Damon Yuzon, Wastewater Capital Management

Financing Options And Realities
Tony Cone, Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt
Getting To An AD System GMAX Price

Dennis Gutierrez, GSE Construction

Track 3
Food And Beverage Industry AD
Treating High Solids Waste Streams At Large-Scale Brewery

Tom Bachman, Symbiont

Anaerobic Digestion Of Food Processing And Pharmaceutical Residuals

Melissa VanOrnum and Steve Dvorak, DVO, Inc.

Food Processing Waste Digestion For Energy Production

John McNamara, Environ Strategy

Track 4
On-Site And Institutional
Food Waste Management
Understanding On-Site Food Waste Reduction Technologies

Joe Rasmussen, CalRecycle

Nittany Lion Food And Compostable Packaging
Diversion Success

Judd Michael, Penn State University
Doug Kunnemann, NatureWorks LLC

On Campus Digester Manages Food Waste Streams
Dana Kirk, Michigan State University


12:30 PM — 2:00 PM:  ABC Working Group and Committee Meetings


Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | | 2:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Track 1
Eye On Federal Policies And Programs
Advancing The Biogas Agenda

Maureen Walsh, Dynamic Change Group/American Biogas Council

Interagency Biogas Road Map

Allison Costa, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Waste To Biogas In The Pacific Southwest

Charlotte Ely, U.S. EPA Region 9

Track 2
Building AD-Composting Infrastructure: The San Jose Story
Powering San Jose: Developing Public-Private AD System

Michael Gonzales, City of San Jose (CA)

Wet-Dry Collection, Commercial Organics Sorting

Gil Cheso, Republic Services

From Concept To Large-Scale Facility Operation

Emily Hanson, Zero Waste Energy Development Company

Harvesting MSW Organics For Energy And Compost Production

Jeff Draper, Zero Waste Energy

Key Ingredients To Replicate The Strategy

Panel Discussion


Track 3
Road To Energy-Positive
Wastewater Treatment
Power Positive Resource Recovery

David Parry, CDM Smith

Methane Generation Via Deep Well Placement of Biosolids

Diane Gilbert Jones, City of Los Angeles

Utility District's Path To Energy Independence

Alicia R. Chakrabarti, East Bay Municipal Utility District

CHP Vehicle Fuel Options

Adam Klaas, Unison Solutions

Track 4
Prevention And Donation
Partnering With Local Municipalities To Prevent Food Waste

Andrew Shakman, LeanPath

U.S. EPA's Food Recovery Toolkits

Andre Villasenor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Food Donation — Community-Based, Resource Management Perspective

Rich Flammer, Hidden Resources

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | | 4:30 PM — 6:00 PM
Track 1
Lobbying Boot Camp: How to Influence Federal, State & Local Officials
Interactive Session For
Biogas Industry Professionals

Sponsored by the American Biogas Council

Bernie Sheff, Board Member, ABC/Anaergia Inc.
Maureen Walsh, Dynamic Change Group
Chuck White, Waste Managment

Track 2
Anaerobic Digestion And Composting: Trends And Perspectives
Food Waste Management in California — Composting And AD Solutions

Kyle Pogue, CalRecycle

Permitting Anaerobic Digestion Of MSW Organics

Bob Barrows, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Integrating Composting, AD In Zero Waste Planning

Tom Kraemer and Scott Gamble, CH2M Hill

Track 3
Codigestion At Wastewater
Treatment Plants
Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion Demonstration At Joint Water Pollution Control Plant

Dave Czerniak, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Three Pathways To Codigestion Implementation

Alan Johnson, quasar energy group

Preprocessing Food Residuals At WWTP

Ari Elden, Brown & Caldwell

Track 4
Food Waste Diversion Tips And Tools
Compliance Considerations For Food Waste Generators

Robin Sweere, EcoScraps

Iowa Food Waste Reduction Template

Dan Nickey, Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Anaerobic Digestion In Farm To Fork Capital

David Baker, Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento (CA)

Field Testing Compostable Food Service Products

Hilary Near, Cascadia Consulting Group


Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | | 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
ABC Reception & Biogas Industry Awards