Anaerobic Digestion • Composting • Biogas Markets • Food Waste • Manure • Low Carbon Fuels
17th Annual Conference
BioCycle REFOR17

Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling

Oct. 16, 17, 18, 19, 2017
Portland, Oregon
Red Lion Hotel On The River
Conference Of
The American
Biogas Council

Agenda: Monday BioFest & Workshop | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions, Agenda PDF Thursday Site Tours | Event Schedule | Keynote Speakers | Networking Events
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Keynote Speakers
Updated 7.20

Ruchi Sadhir

Ruchi Sadhir

Energy Policy Advisor to Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Ruchi Sadhir is Governor Kate Brown's Energy Policy Advisor, working on a range of matters related to energy and climate change. Prior to joining the Governor's office, she was the Senior Policy Advisor at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), where she tracked burgeoning energy policy issues confronting regulated utility industries and led dockets on exploration and formulation of new policy. Before her work at the OPUC, Ms Sadhir helped lead development of renewable energy and electric transmission siting and permitting policy in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior, staffed the Obama Administration's "Rapid Response Team for Transmission," and was a law clerk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Ms. Sadhir holds an LLM in Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a BS from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

David Montgomery

Cheryl T. Coleman

Director, Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division

Cheryl Coleman is the Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) within the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery at the U.S. EPA. The RCSD is responsible for: promoting the reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of municipal, industrial and extractive wastes and the long term sustainable management of these materials; establishing collaborative partnerships with businesses and State, territorial, and local governments; and, developing policy, technical guidance, tools, and public information on sustainable materials management.

Ms. Coleman is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She did further graduate work at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, and earned a Master's degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Ms. Coleman has over 30 years of experience with materials/waste management. She came to U.S. EPA Headquarters from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control where she was the Director of Compliance and Enforcement for waste programs and mining. Additionally, she served in several leadership capacities for the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO).


David Montgomery

David Montgomery

Professor of Geomorphology, University of Washington
MacArthur Fellow,
Author of "Growing A Revolution"

David Montgomery is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. When not writing or doing geology, he plays in the band Big Dirt. He lives in Seattle, with his wife Anne Biklé and their black lab guide-dog dropout Loki.  Connect with him at or follow him on Twitter (@dig2grow).