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Community-Scale Anaerobic Digesters Webinar

April 16, 2013 5:00PM MDT


This free webinar will be held on April 16, 2013, from 1-2:15 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. It will provide information on San Jose, California's, commercial-scale, high solids dry fermentation anaerobic digestion system, and the Forest County Potawatomi Community's anaerobic digester project.

Implementing Anaerobic Digestion in San Jose's Integrated Processing Infrastructure
This presentation will provide background on San Jose, California's, leading-edge program using the nation's first commercial-scale, high solids dry fermentation anaerobic digestion system to process commercial organics from more than 8,000 businesses in the city. Phase one of the Zero Waste Energy Development facility, which will take up to 90,000 tons of organic waste per year, is currently under construction and will begin receiving materials in the fall of 2013. The presentation will also identify key aspects of the multi-year procurement process, negotiations, and agreements that can be applied to potential projects in their region.

Presenter Michele Young is the Organics Manager for the City of San Jose, applying her undergraduate in agriculture and master's in environmental studies to meet goals of the city's Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Renewable Energy Plan. Ms. Young leads key organics projects including commercial organics diversion, conversion technology review and piloting, compostable plastics analysis, and sustainable landscaping and compost use. She is the Chair of the California Organics Recycling Council, and Co-chair of the U.S. Composting Council Compostable Plastics Task Force. She also contributes at the regional and state level through the Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition, CASA Conversion Technology Collaborative, and the Cal Recycle Organics Roadmap.

Forest County Potawatomi Community's Anaerobic Digester
Presenter Jason Rieth is a project executive for Miron Construction. With more than 15 years of experience (8 as a structural engineer), Mr. Rieth is responsible for project delivery, from pre-construction through construction and commissioning. His direct responsibilities include project budgeting and cost control, constructibility reviews, lean project initiatives, schedule creation and control, and quality audits to assure client goals are met and their expectations are exceeded.