2014 REW Conference Agenda

Monday, November 17, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration Open
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mechanical-Biological Treatment (MBT) Workshop (separate fee required)

Presented by: Dr. Matthias Kuehle-Weidemeier, CEO, Wasteconsult International
Moderated by: Harvey Gershman, President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Overview of Waste Conversion Progress in North America
Hear the most up-to-date progress report available on waste conversion project progression in North America including how these technologies are fitting into the overall waste management approach across the U.S. and Canada.

Speaker: Harvey Gershman, President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
8:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. A City with a Vision: How San Jose made Waste to Energy a Reality
The city of San Jose shares how it turned a vision into reality to develop the nation's first large-scale system for waste collection, processing and energy recovery with help from project developers, who will participate in a panel discussion.

Moderator: Kristin Smith, Managing Editor, Renewable Energy from Waste magazine
Speaker: Stephanie Molloy, Supervising Environmental Services Specialist, Integrated Waste Management Enforcement and Regulations group, City of San Jose
Q&A Panelist: Emily Hanson, Director of Business Development and Communications, GreenWaste Recovery & Zero Waste Energy Development Co.
Q&A Panelist: Carl Mennie, Division Manager - Recycling and Composting, Republic Services
Q&A Panelist: Jeff Draper, Senior Vice President, Zero Waste Energy
10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Making the Case for Conversion
Gaining public and political support is one of the largest obstacles to development of a waste conversion project. Panelists will discuss winning strategies that can help move projects forward.

Moderator: John Skinner, Executive Director and CEO, SWANA
Speaker: Craig Cookson, Director, Sustainability & Recycling, American Chemistry Council
Speaker: Steven Torres, Partner, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
Speaker: Zack Hansen, Environmental Health Director, Ramsey County, Minnesota
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Financing Fundamentals
A core understanding of the financial avenues available to fund waste conversion projects will be laid out in this session.

Moderator: Harvey Gershman, President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
Speaker: John May, Managing Director, Stern & Brothers & Co.
Speaker: Mark Riedy, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Speaker: Mona Dajani, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Leading by Example in the Golden State
Legislative actions in California have set the stage for how waste conversion technologies are developing. Understanding how California agencies and legislators view waste diversion and energy production can help further conversion projects in the state and set an example for other states to follow.

Moderator: Ted Michaels, President, Energy Recovery Council
Speaker: Jacques Franco, Climate Change & Technology, Cal Recycle - Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Speaker: Jeffrey Hahn, Independent Environmental Consultant
Speaker: Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Integrated Model
Integrated waste management projects in various stages share what it takes to implement a system that works, including public, private partnerships.

Moderator: Jim Miller, CEO, JR Miller & Associates
Speaker: Bud Latta, Director for Business Planning and Central Operations, Waste Management Services, City of Edmonton
Speaker: Mike Muller, BioGas Equity 2, Inc.
Speaker: Kyle Mowitz, Co-Founder and CEO, Infinitus Energy
Speaker: Todd Green, GM Waste to Energy Landfill, American Waste Control
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Corporate Achievements in Waste Conversion
Major corporations are implementing waste conversion technologies as part of their strategy to reduce or eliminate waste. Hear from the sustainability leaders in the private sector who are turning to fuel and energy alternatives.

Moderator: Kristin Smith, Managing Editor, Renewable Energy from Waste magazine
Speaker: Mandi McKay, Sustainability Coordinator, Sierra Nevada
Speaker: Michael Van Brunt, Director of Sustainability, Covanta
Speaker: Christina Bosch Ladd, Senior Sustainability Manager, Keurig Green Mountain
Speaker: Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Renewable Energy, General Motors
Speaker: John Bradburn, General Manager of Waste Reduction, General Motors
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Anaerobic Digestion Project Updates
Anaerobic digestion projects are becoming more prevalent as a solution to the organic waste component of municipal solid waste. Project developers on three projects share their stories on how the technology is being implemented.

Moderator: Ljupka Arsova, Consultant, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
Speaker: William Merry, General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District
Speaker: Paul Relis, Senior Vice President, CR&R Inc.
Speaker: Christine McKiernan, Vice President of Technology and Development, BIOFerm Energy Systems
Speaker: Brandon Moffatt, Senior Vice President of Energy, Harvest Power
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Research & Development Roundup
Researchers will share key findings from leading-edge research projects that are paving the way for the future waste conversion technology development in what is sure to be an enlightening session.

Moderator: Professor Marco Castaldi, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, The City College (CCNY) of City University of New York (CUNY)
 Dr. Serpil Guran, Director, Rutgers EcoComplex (Clean Energy Innovation Center)
Speaker: Craig Cookson, Director, Sustainability & Recycling, American Chemistry Council
Speaker: Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, Director, Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University
Speaker: Ruihong Zhang, PhD, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, UC Davis
Thursday, November 20, 2014
  REW Conference Facilities Tour: Newby Island Resource Recovery Park and Zero Waste Energy Development Co. (ZWEDC) (includes both facilities - additional fee required)
The tours are SOLD OUT! Tour registration is no longer available.
Tour 1: Arrive at Republic - 9:10 a.m. / Depart at 10:10 a.m.
Arrive at Zero Waste - 10:30 a.m. / Depart at 11:30 a.m.
Tour 2: Arrive at Republic - 10:10 a.m. / Depart at 11:10 a.m.   
Arrive at Zero Waste - 11:30 a.m. / Depart at 12:30 p.m.