2017 Pre-Conference Workshop: Waste Conversion from Planning to Execution

The half-day pre-conference workshop, entitled “Waste Conversion from Planning to Execution,” will kick off the 2017 Renewable Energy from Waste Conference, on Monday, Oct. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., prior to the Monday evening attendee Meet & Greet networking session. This is a unique opportunity for public- and private-sector conference attendees to leverage and further maximize their conference experience by learning from, and exchanging ideas with, industry experts and colleagues with similar experiences in an intimate workshop setting conducive to in-depth discussions.

The $149 workshop registration fee includes, in addition to the valuable program and networking opportunity, PDFs of the presentations provided, and one break with light refreshments.

The facilitators and speakers have the complementary engineering, technical, economic and financial expertise to address issues and questions participants may have concerning their own programs and projects and extensive real-life experience to discuss how to minimize hurdles and challenges along the way.

The afternoon will be broken down into 4 sessions:

Status of Waste Conversion Technologies
Presenter: Stephen Simmons, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

Stephen Simmons, senior vice president of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), is a sustainable development business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental services sectors. He is highly experienced in program and project management, new business development, waste and power marketing, technology evaluation, business financial modeling, profit and loss management, facility design, procurement, and construction having worked with leading international energy operating companies and engineering/consulting firms. He has extensive renewable energy experience, having managed the development, construction, and operation of power generation projects with capital budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. These facilities have produced millions of megawatt-hours of renewable energy, displacing millions of tons of fossil fuels. Technology-wise, he has led due diligence investigations of a number of high-tech gasification, pyrolysis, and combustion systems.

Conducting a Procurement and Development Process
Presenter: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

Harvey Gershman, president and co-founder of GBB, has been active in the solid waste management field as an adviser to government and industry for more than 40 years, specializing in strategic guidance and infrastructure and services development assistance to solid waste service/system managers and owners. He has managed the preparation of many long-term plans, market studies, cost and independent feasibility analyses, technology reviews, contractor procurements, contracts development and negotiations, and project financing activities for a broad range of recycling, composting, solid waste management, waste-to-energy and district energy projects. These projects have resulted in sustainable, efficient integrated waste management systems accepted by the community and its leadership.