Pre-Conference Workshop

Co-Digestion: Latest on Drivers, Sources, Science and User Experience (FEE)

Tuesday, April 17
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Carr, Sheraton

SWRCB Wastewater: 0.1 CEU

CWEA: 7.2 Contact Hours

$175 (Early Bird and Saver) / $210 (Full Rate after 3-30-18)

Practice Area: Team Challenge Area: The Big Shift to Co-digestion

Workshop is designed to provide the latest information on the drivers for co-digestion of high strength organics at publicly owned wastewater treatment plants from the perspective of sources, science, and users. Attendees will be engaged in hands on activities to help with next steps in advocating and investigating a program.

Workshop Schedule:
Session 8:30 – 10am (1.5 hrs)
Break 10 – 10:15 (coffee/tea provided)
Session 10:15 – 12:15 (2 hrs)
Buffet Lunch 12:15 – 1:00 (plates must be brought back into the workshop room)
Session 1:00 – 3:30pm (2.5 hrs)

Learner Outcomes:

Level: Advanced; extensive knowledge of subject matter / senior level staff

Greg K. Chung

Vice President
West Yost Associates

Biography:

Greg Chung works for West Yost Associates out of there Walnut Creek office and has over 22 years of engineering experience in a wide range of civil and environmental engineering disciplines, specializing in wastewater treatment, biosolids management, and resource recovery at wastewater treatment plants. He has a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University California Berkeley and he is a licensed engineer in California, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Presentation(s):

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Greg Kester

Director of Renewable Resource Programs
California Association of Sanitation Agencies

Biography:

Greg Kester – Director of Renewable Resource Programs – California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA)

Education: BS Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Wisconsin – Registered Professional Engineer (WI)

Greg serves as both the technical and programmatic contact for CASA members and conduit for emerging issues on the state and federal levels on all biosolids, renewable energy, recycled water, and related issues. He works closely with local, state and federal authorities as well as the private sector on biosolids management, climate change mitigation, energy optimization, and all management options. He is the lead conduit of information for emerging technologies and markets for biosolids management and renewable energy opportunities.

Prior to joining CASA, Greg served as the state biosolids coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He represented all states in the nation, by their election, to USEPA on all biosolids issues. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee which evaluated federal biosolids regulations and produced the 2002 report: Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices.

Presentation(s):

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Hank Brady

SLCP Implementation Manager
California Environmental Protection Agency

Biography:

Hank Brady is the SB 1383 Manager for the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). In this role he oversees CalRecycle’s efforts to achieve California’s ambitious organic waste recycling targets. Prior to this role Brady worked as the Chief Legislative Consultant for the department. Before Joining CalRecycle, he served as a legislative aide in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate.

Presentation(s):

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Tim Olson

Senior Policy Advisor to Fuels and Transportation Deputy Director
California Energy Commission

Presentation(s):

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Peter Kistenmacher

Engineer
Anaergia

Presentation(s):

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James Ecker

Director of Organics Project Development & Technology
WM Organics Recycling

Biography:

James W. Ecker, PE., Director or Project Development & Technology, Waste Managements Organics Recycling

BS Civil Engineering, Bucknell University
MS Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Approaching 30 years direct experience in the business of organics recycling, including the design, construction, operations and management of many traditional and innovative organics recycling projects and programs throughout the US, handling food waste, yard waste, biosolids and industrial residuals.

Before joining the Waste Management corporate oganics team six years ago, Mr. Ecker spent 13 years as the Vice President/General Manager of New England Organics, a full service organics recycling service provider, overseeing a staff of 50+ employees engaged in providing composting, digestion, land application, product sales and other recycling services to clients generating over 700,000 tons per year of material, accounting for a $35 million annual book of business.

In his current roles, Mr. Ecker has been engaged in several initiatives to broaden Waste Management's expertise and business in organics recycling, including the CORe co-digestion program.

He is passioante about organics recycling industry, and its ability to make meaningful, postiive impact through the creation of long-term sustainable programs and products.


Presentation(s):

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Ganesh Rajagopalan

Manager - Applied Research Group
Kennedy Jenks Consultants

Biography:

Dr. Ganesh is the Manager of the Applied Research Group and National Technologist for Resource Recovery projects for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. He has nearly 20 years of experience in wastewater and biosolids treatment.
Dr. Ganesh has performed several process as well as research studies on digester performance, high strength waste co-digestion, sludge dewatering, odor control and waste to energy generation. He is the co-PI for a recently completed WERF study to facilitate optimization of co-digestion process to minimize unintended consequences. Dr. Ganesh received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from India, M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee, respectively.

Presentation(s):

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Ron Appleton

Associate/Principal Technologist
Carollo Engineers

Biography:

Ron Appleton is an Associate and Principal Technologist in the Walnut Creek, CA office of Carollo Engineers, Inc. He was co-principal investigator for a recent WE&RF study, "Co-Digestion of Organic Waste: Addressing Operational Side Effects" (ENER9C13). He has over 35 years' experience in wastewater treatment process modeling, planning, design, and troubleshooting. He graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in the days after slide rules and before personal computers.

Presentation(s):

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William Chen

Supervising Engineer
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Biography:

William Chen currently works for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County as a Supervising Engineer in the Solid Waste Energy Recovery Engineering Section. He is also the site engineer for the Calabasas Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility responsible for the operation and maintenance since 2009 when he joined the Districts. William is now focusing on LACSD’s effort in converting diverted Food Waste into renewable vehicle fuel and natural gas.

Presentation(s):

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John M. Hake

Resource Recovery Supervisor
EBMUD

Biography:

John M. Hake, P.E., is a Senior Civil Engineer at the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) in Oakland, California. He oversees day-to-day operation and administration of the Resource Recovery Program. John began his career at EBMUD in 1997 as a wastewater treatment process engineer and has been involved in wastewater process engineering and energy management, with a focus on anaerobic digestion and cogeneration. John has been managing the Resource Recovery Program since 2014.

Presentation(s):

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Greg K. Chung

Vice President
West Yost Associates

Biography:

Greg Chung works for West Yost Associates out of there Walnut Creek office and has over 22 years of engineering experience in a wide range of civil and environmental engineering disciplines, specializing in wastewater treatment, biosolids management, and resource recovery at wastewater treatment plants. He has a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University California Berkeley and he is a licensed engineer in California, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Greg Chung

Greg Kester

Director of Renewable Resource Programs
California Association of Sanitation Agencies

Biography:

Greg Kester – Director of Renewable Resource Programs – California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA)

Education: BS Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Wisconsin – Registered Professional Engineer (WI)

Greg serves as both the technical and programmatic contact for CASA members and conduit for emerging issues on the state and federal levels on all biosolids, renewable energy, recycled water, and related issues. He works closely with local, state and federal authorities as well as the private sector on biosolids management, climate change mitigation, energy optimization, and all management options. He is the lead conduit of information for emerging technologies and markets for biosolids management and renewable energy opportunities.

Prior to joining CASA, Greg served as the state biosolids coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He represented all states in the nation, by their election, to USEPA on all biosolids issues. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee which evaluated federal biosolids regulations and produced the 2002 report: Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices.

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Greg Kester


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