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

Agenda: Monday Workshops & Symposium | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions | Thursday Site Tours | Keynote Speakers
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Agenda: Tuesday, October 20
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OPENING PLENARY SESSION — KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | | 9:00 AM — 10:15 AM

The Power Of Organics

Moving Toward A
Climate Resilient New England
Curt Spaulding Administrator, EPA New England (Region 1)

 

Massachusetts Advances Organics Recycling And Renewable Energy
Martin Suuberg
Commissioner, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection

 

Creating An Electric Utility
Of The Future

Mary Powell Chief Executive Officer, Green Mountain Power

   
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | | 11:00 AM — 12:15 PM
 
Track 1
AD Project Development Strategies
Large-Scale MSW Organics Digester Ready To Launch
Paul Relis, CR&R, Inc.
Integrating AD For Food Scraps On Composting Facility Footprint
Douglas Ross, Freestate Farms
Lessons From European AD Project Developers

Bill Elliott, Best Organic Solutions, Ltd.

 
Track 2
What Biogas Funding Parties Want To Fund — And Why

Organized by
American Biogas Council

Panel Discussion

Paul Owen, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.

John Dannan, Energy & Infrastructure Capital, LLC

Chris Voell, Aria Energy

 
Track 3
Permitting AD Facilities, Digestate Utilization
Regulating Anaerobic Digestion, Digestate In New York State

Molly Baker, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Streamlining Permitting Process For Commercial Food Scraps Digesters

James Doucett, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Biological Performance and Digestate Quality At Seven AD Operations

Jake DeBruyn, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

 
Track 4
Capturing, Utilizing Surplus Food
Building A Business By Capturing Surplus Foods

Bryn Oakleaf, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Ismail Samad, Daily Table

Racing To End Food Waste At Big Venues

Jeremy Kranowitz and Heide Hart, Sustainable America

       
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | | 1:45 PM — 3:30 PM
 
Track 1
Implementing State Organics Bans
Commercial Food Scraps Disposal Ban — One-Year Milestone
John Fischer, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Phasing In A Commercial, Residential Diversion Mandate
Josh Kelly, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
If You Ban It, Will They Build Processing Capacity? The Connecticut Experience

Chris Nelson, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Municipal Policy Frameworks, Business Models To Advance Food Scraps Recovery

Carol Jones, Environmental Law Institute

 
Track 2
Biogas Development In New York State: Drivers Of Change, Opportunities To Prosper

Organized by
American Biogas Council

New York City Organics Policy: Status Update

Bridget Anderson, New York City Department of Sanitation

Policy Levers To Accelerate The Industry

Wayne Davis, Harvest Power

Utility Reform In NYS: Creating A Distributed & Renewable Energy Future

Ryan Katofsky, Advanced Energy Economy

Municipal Infrastructure And Renewable Energy: A National Perspective

Jeremy Holland, HDR Engineering

Food Scrap Handling And Supply Chain Potential in Metro NY

Nate Carr, quasar energy group

 
Track 3
Codigestion
With Biosolids

Organized by NEWEA/NEBRA

Lumps, Bumps And Detours With Codigestion Planning And Implementation

Christopher Muller, Brown and Caldwell

Integrated Resource Management For Wastewater, Solid Waste And Energy

Jason Turgeon, U.S. EPA New England

Energy Efficiency, Solar And Biogas Power Yield Grid Independence At Oregon WWTP

Tim Muirhead, Veolia Energy North America

Achieving 100% On-Site Renewable Energy: The Hill Canyon Story

Thomas Moore, BioSpark Clean Energy, LLC

 
 
 
Track 4
School, Institution And Corporate Food Scraps Composting
Food Scraps Diversion In North Carolina Urban School District

Isaac Nicholson, Mecklenburg County (NC) Solid Waste

School Cafeteria Waste Minimization And Composting

Athena Lee Bradley, Northeast Recycling Council

Separation Strategies, Diversion Solutions At Boston's Colleges And Hospitals

Liza Casella, Casella Resource Solutions

Raytheon's Road To Zero Waste Certification

Brian Balukonis, Raytheon Company

 
Track 5
Compost And Digestate Markets, Land Application
National Compost Marketing Initiatives
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.
Digestate Uses And Markets: An Overview
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.
Unique Food Wastes As Agricultural Amendments
Rebecca Long, University of Rhode Island
Equine Stable Waste, Poultry Litter Mix As Premium Potting Medium
Mollie Bogardus, Green Mountain Technologies and Aveterra
       
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | | 4:15 PM — 6:00 PM
 
Track 1
State Organics Ban Compliance — The Massachusetts Experience
Navigating Financial Incentives For AD In Massachusetts
Amy Barad, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Food Scraps Processing Infrastructure Assessment
Zoë Neale, Mass Organics Solutions, LLC
On-Site Options To Ensure Ban Compliance
Karen Franczyk, Whole Foods Market
Collection Innovations, Quantity Vs. Quality In Ban Compliance
Abbie Webb, Casella Resource Solutions
 
Track 2
Federal Biogas Opportunities: The U.S. Roadmap & BeyondOrganized by
American Biogas Council
History of Biogas In Federal Policy & ABC's Role: A Look at How Far We've Come

Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council

Obama Administration Perspective/Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Update
Todd Campbell, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Biogas Legislation Update and Future/Post-2016 Election Political Landscape

Maureen Walsh, American Biogas Council/Dynamic Change Group

Federal Biogas Opportunities
Deb Yocum, USDA Northeast Regional Energy Coordinator
 
Track 3
Farm Digester Optimization, Innovation
Fate and Effect Of Monensin During Anaerobic Digestion Of Dairy Manure

Walter Mulbry, Agricultural Research Service, U.S.D.A.

Optimizing Performance of On-Farm Digesters

Jen McDonnell, Casella Organics

Nitrogen Removal From Digested Swine Waste

Eric Staunton, Univ. of North Carolina/CDM Smith

Swine Digester Taps Environmental Attribute Markets

Gus Simmons, Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A.

 
 
Track 4
Residential Food Scraps Collection And Composting: Case Studies
National Trends In Residential Food Scraps Collection And Composting

Christian Garaffa, Novamont

Expanding Beyond The Pilot Phase—Perspectives And Lessons Learned

Randi Mail, Cambridge (MA) Department of Public Works

Impact Of Pay-As-You Throw Recycling On Residential Food Scraps Collection

Robert Spencer, Windham (VT) Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD)

Panel Discussion: Composting Facility Experiences With Residential SSO

Fran Buzun and Joe Buzun, Rocky Hill Farm

Robert Spencer, Windham (VT) Solid Waste Management District

  Track 5
Packaging, Depackaging And Contaminant Removal
Compostable Packaging And Consumer Education
Judd Michael, Penn State University
Incoming Food Waste To Digester Feedstock: A Preprocessing Primer
Michael Theodoulou, GE Water & Process Technologies
Adding Depackaging Capabilities At WWTP
Brandon Moffatt, Harvest Power