2017 Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Waste Conversion From Planning to Execution

The workshop is designed to teach municipal and other government officials actionable approaches to planning, financing, permitting and building and operating waste conversion projects.

Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Stephen Simmons, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Bradley Nowak, Partner, Williams Mullen
Speaker: Thierry Boveri, Public Resources Management Group, Inc.
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Waste Conversion Industry Update

An overview of today's waste conversion market followed by presentations from those companies and municipalities that are implementing high-profile waste conversion projects.

Moderator/Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Dennis Soriano, BioHitech
Speaker: Craig Stuart-Paul, Fiberright
Speaker: Dave Robau, National Energy
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lessons From Abroad

Technology being applied to waste processing sytems in Europe are successfully producing solid recovered fuel and organics for anaerobic digestion. How can these advanced processes be applied in the U.S.? This panel has the answers.

Moderator: Stephen Simmons, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Helector Representative
Speaker: Jonathan Menard, Machinex
Speaker: Simon Chignell, DONG Energy
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Developing Domestic Refuse-Derived Fuel Processing Systems and Creating Demand

Domestic development of waste-to-fuel processing systems can be successful as technologies to process municipal solid waste and residuals from material recovery facilities are advancing. Find out how from those producing the fuel and those consuming it.

Moderator: Nat Egosi, RRT Design & Construction
Speaker: Jim Wollschlager, Organix Solutions
Speaker: Brian Schellati, Van Dyk Recyciling Solutions
Speaker: Monica Sowders, Geocycle
Speaker: Nathan Rich, Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closing the Loop with RNG

Disposal companies are fueling their collection trucks with the waste they collect, creating a true closed-loop system. This session will explore how companies have been able to accomplish this with processes such as anaerobic digestion, which creates renewable natural gas.

Moderator: Johannes Escudero, Executive Director, RNG Coalition
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Lee County Success Story

Learn how Lee County, Florida's integrated waste management system has experienced decades of success with a waste-to-energy facility and a robust recycling programs working in tandem. The integrated approach has allowed the county to generate electricity, earn revenue from recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

Moderator: Ted Michaels, Energy Recovery Council
Speaker: Keith Howard, Lee County
Speaker: Theirry Boveri, Public Resources Management Group, Inc.
Speaker: Mike Bedley, APEX Power Services Corp.
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Expanding Integrated Waste Management Systems Toward a Circular Economy

Description: In this panel discussion, speakers who have experience in implementing waste conversion projects will provide practical advice on how to properly move a waste conversion process forward successfully in a Q&A format.

Speaker: Darwin Baas, Kent County
Speaker: Craig Cookson, American Chemistry Council
Speaker: Tom Smith, Chief: Solid Waste Management, Prince William County, Public Works
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tech Talks

Learn about what is happening at the research level to bring further acceptance of waste conversion technologies into solid waste management. The research being shared during this session will shape the future of the industry.

Speaker: Marco Castaldi, City College of New York
Speaker: Jean-Michel Lavoie, University of Sherbrooke
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Corporate Success with Waste Conversion

Corporations that are creating fuel from nonrecyclable materials are leading the sustainability charge and serving as an example to for others follow. Sustainability managers will share how they've been able to accomplish energy recovery from waste at the the corporate level.

Moderator: Kristin Smith, Waste Today
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Takeaways
Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
Speaker: Kristin Smith, Waste Today