15th Annual Conference
BioCycle REFOR15

Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling

Anaerobic Digestion
Biogas Markets • Food Waste
Manure • Composting • Biofuels
Official Conference Of The
American Biogas Council

October 19, 20, 21, 22, 2015 • Boston, Massachusetts • DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore

Keynote Speakers

Updated 8.6

Curt Spalding

Curt Spalding

Administrator U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency,
New England Region (Region 1)

H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding has extensive experience in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. For almost 20 years, he served as Executive Director of Save the Bay in Rhode Island, a nationally recognized, 20,000-member environmental advocacy and education organization, where he helped build an advocacy and education program to restore the Bay. The organization educates 15,000 children a year.

Mr. Spalding also oversaw construction of the Save the Bay Center at Fields Point in Providence, Rhode Island. Winning the Phoenix Award for development of the Save The Bay Center is a highlight of Mr. Spaulding's leadership tenure. But he notes, getting a Green Infrastructure project permitted on a brownfield back in 2003, may well be his greatest achievement.

Since joining the EPA leadership team in February 2010, Mr. Spalding has been leading a holistic approach to finding environmental solutions in New England. He emphasizes community engagement, sustainability, environmental justice and green economy. Mr. Spalding has focused on three cross-cutting initiatives in the EPA New England Region: climate change, storm water and community prosperity. He has been heavily engaged in resilience planning for Climate Change in New England and has also been involved in a number of pilot projects working on sustainability in communities around the region. Urban revitalization is a priority for Mr. Spalding, which is coming to fruition in locations like Holyoke, Massachusetts and Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Mr. Spalding has a bachelor's degree from Hobart College and an M.P.A. from SUNY Albany in Albany, New York.

Martin Suuberg

Martin Suuberg

CommissionerMassachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

Martin Suuberg was appointed on January 8, 2015 as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) by Governor Charles D. Baker and his Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew A. Beaton.

With nearly 30 years of experience working in environmental and natural resource agencies at the state and federal level, Mr. Suuberg is a lawyer and manager who has effectively and efficiently administered the environmental laws that protect the quality of life for all Massachusetts' citizens. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he served as Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. At MassDEP, Mr. Suuberg served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning, taking over this position after 9 years as the Regional Director for MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester, which serves more than 70 communities in Worcester County and nearby areas and is responsible for environmental permitting, inspection and enforcement activities. 

Over his long career, Mr. Suuberg has also served as General Counsel to MassDEP and to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, as well as to the former Department of Environmental Management where he also served as Deputy Commissioner. Before moving to Massachusetts, Mr. Suuberg was an Associate Solicitor and then Deputy Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, where he worked on land management and natural resource issues. 

Mary G. Powell

Mary G. Powell

Chief Executive OfficerGreen Mountain Power

Mary Powell is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Green Mountain Power. Prior to becoming CEO in 2008, she was the Chief Operating Officer for the company, a position she had held since February 2001. Ms. Powell initiated, and implemented, a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power (GMP) and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. As CEO, she launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. In 2004, Fast Company Magazine recognized Ms. Powell as one of the 50 top leaders in the country. Under her leadership, GMP built Vermont's largest wind farm, is building New England's Solar Capital in Rutland, Vermont and installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure. In June 2012, the company closed on an acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, an initiative led by Ms. Powell, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. These activities have grown the company from one serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to one now serving well over 260,000 customers with revenues of over $655 million and $1.9 billion in assets.

In 2014, Ms. Powell announced a pioneering new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy and to completely transform the electrical delivery system. The partnership is bringing innovative clean energy products and services to Vermont, while helping customers manage energy use and save money. In 2015, she announced another groundbreaking partnership with Tesla. GMP is the first utility to offer customers a back-up battery to improve reliability and transform the electric system.

Prior to joining GMP, Ms. Powell worked in the mutual fund and banking industries, as well as in public service in the state of Vermont. She serves on numerous boards, as well as participates in a wide variety of non-profit, community and statewide organizations and governmental councils.