Presentation Descriptions, Wednesday Track 4 | BioCycle West Coast Conference 2012

 

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Presentation Descriptions
Wednesday, April 18 — Track 4

Updated 4/13


Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | | TRACK 4 || 10:15 AM — 12:00 PM

Biocarbon Management, Nutrient And Carbon Credits

Northwest Biocarbon Management Initiative

Patrick Mazza, Climate Solutions

The Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (NBI) draws together regional climate and conservation groups to advance practices that build carbon in soils and vegetation. A vital thrust is developing economic models that transform organics into carbon-building soil amendments. NBI is led by Climate Solutions, a Northwest advocacy group whose mission is to advance practical global warming solutions. It is placing primary focus on communications and networking to promote the "second solution" to climate change. A high priority is creating connective tissue to build community among the region's diverse biocarbon innovators. The aim is to increase common awareness of the range of activities and identify opportunities for alliances. Over the coming year NBI will build a regional network of science-policy advisors and innovation partners. This presentation will provide an overview of the initiative and then focus on the vital role organics play in biocarbon accumulation. Soil amendments including manures, compost, biosolids and biochar dramatically increase soil carbon sequestration.

Emerging Carbon Credit Opportunities for Nutrient Recovery

Peter Weisberg, The Climate Trust

While The Climate Trust has partnered with biogas projects throughout the United States to monetize carbon credits from avoiding methane emissions through anaerobic digestion, new opportunities for revenue based on the climate benefits of biogas projects are emerging. Peter Weisberg will discuss two new revenue opportunities that have been studied as part of a feasibility study at the DeRuyter digester project in Yakima, WA for generating transportation fuel rather than electricity with biogas. The first new opportunity is the federal Renewable Fuel Standard for biogas projects that produce transportation fuel. The second is the generation of additional carbon credits from the avoidance of nitrous oxide emissions through nutrient recovery.

Nutrient Reduction Credits And AD Project Economics

Douglas Ross, Green Ground Law Group

The EPA's ongoing regulation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is giving rise to state-level nutrient reduction credit trading programs that will allow nonpoint sources to generate marketable nutrient reduction credits by adopting (and having certified) certain best management practices. One such practice is the back-end processing of anaerobic digestion solid and liquid byproducts.
Simply stated, the additional revenue from nutrient reduction credit sales could turn a marginal project into a clear winner. For example, a planned project saw its revenue projections increase from approx. $1.5 million to approx. $5-8 million per year based on nutrient reduction credit sales, while requiring only an additional $4-5 million in upfront capital.

This presentation will cover and explore: (i) the basic concept of nutrient reduction credit trading; (ii) how AD projects can generate credits; (iii) how EPA's regulation of the Chesapeake Bay created trading opportunities, with a particular focus on Virginia; and (iv) other nutrient reduction credit trading markets and potential opportunities.

Earning Carbon Credits For AD, Composting Projects

Joel Levin, Climate Action Reserve

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | | TRACK 4 || 1:30 PM — 3:15 PM

Sustainable Food Management

USEPA's Sustainable Food Management Initiatives

Ashley Zanolli, USEPA Region 10

How much of your food and money are you literally throwing away? The Food Recovery Challenge, part of EPA?s Sustainable Materials Management Program, challenges participants, including Grocers, Venues and Universities, to reduce as much of their food waste as possible ? saving money, helping communities, and protecting the environment. This presentation provides an overview on the problem of food waste, introduces EPA's Food Recovery Challenge which includes recognition and free technical assistance opportunities, and highlights some of our partners' success stories. Let's work together to bu

Source Reduction Tool Kit

Laura Moreno, USEPA Region 9

Moving upstream to prevent food waste through source reduction not only reduces the volume of food reaching landfills, but also helps reduce the myriad of upstream impacts that food production, manufacturing, and transportation have on the environment. EPA will present a new food waste source reduction auditing tool that food service venues can use to identify why and how much food is wasted at their operation.

Food Recovery Challenge: Grocer's Perspective

Heather Schmidt, New Seasons Market?

Food waste prevention and recovery is good for the environment, but what else is it good for? What has traditionally been considered waste actually has tremendous worth. Shifting our paradigm from waste to worth reveals the true value in the resources and costs embedded in our waste, and provides a model in which prevention and recovery are possible and successful. This presentation focuses on food waste recovery at New Seasons Market, a large locally-owned grocer with 12 locations in the Portland-Metro region. Touching on the Waste to Worth model, the presentation will provide an overview of the current food waste recovery program, the path in getting there, the impacts and cost savings, and the lessons learned along the way.

Sustainable Food Management in Food Service Industry

Brendan Coffey, Oregon Convention Center

"Shrinkage"? how to minimize food waste in a high volume environment. Learn how the Food and Beverage team at the Oregon Convention Center reduced waste through strategy, technology and simple changes in practices to minimize food waste, maximize donations and create a total waste diversion of up to 70 percent.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | | TRACK 4 || 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM

Lower Tech Wastewater, Food Waste Treatment

Constructed Wetlands For Wastewater Purification

Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute

The goal of this implementation project was to design and construct a rain water capture system, a wetland purification cell and irrigation disposal facility that uses and improves the quality of the water in the system and prevents pollution from on-lot septic systems.

Many watersheds across the country house residential communities with on-lot sewage systems located within their boundaries. Alternatives to both standard septic and sand mound systems are needed as we look ahead in our planning. We can no longer view the materials leaving these systems as waste products but as the resources they are. The proper use of these resources will have a profound impact on land use and water quality in the areas where they are located.

The Rodale Institute has constructed an experimental wetlands treatment area to process waste water on-site at its Visitor Center. In doing so, it has designed and constructed a man-made wetland treatment system using existing proven technologies that are based upon natural filtering and flow systems and natural products. Wastes from the Visitor Center are now viewed as resources to be incorporated in the management of the farm.

Community-Scale Waste Systems

Nancy Klehm, Social Ecologies

This talk will focus on neighborhood-scale sanitation infrastructure for organic wastes and human wastes, looking at case studies emerging in Japan, the USA, Haiti and in emergency response. We will discuss what is currently legal and possible, and how professional composters can work in partnership with community composting efforts. We will showcase what business and neighborhood models are possible within performance based codes.

Food Waste To Resource In India

Peter Ash, Straight Ash Environmental Solutions

Discussion of implementing grassroots waste management systems at large ashram, international humanitarian nonprofit organization with hospitals, orphanages, schools, universities in South India where tons of food were dumped into tropical backwaters. This presentation covers the first three years of the grassroots projects ? two in Kerala, one in Tamil Nadu. We have designed and built our own equipment, continue to develop equipment for composting, making drastic changes in recycling. The largest project, Cochin, Kerala is a Hospital, Research Center and University complex dumping 3.5 to 4 tons of food waste each day into backwaters. Nearby tropical wetlands island was their dump site for many years including bio-hazardous medical waste. In less than 2 years, habitat has been restored with the compost and vermicompost. Kerala State Pollution Control Board now gives us grants after seeing our progress, supporting the vermiculture unit and plant nursery for ayurvedic research. Compost project at university in Tamil Nadu supports their farm and reforestation program. The ashram's university students are involved in environmental research projects pertaining to compost; design and fabrication of composting and recycling equipment. Proceeds from ashram's compost provide vocational programs for tribal villages and scholarships for children. The Integrated Waste Management model is being duplicated in other parts of India.