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April 16, 2013 Webinar: Community-Scale Anaerobic Digesters

This webinar was held April 16, 2013, and provided information on San Jose, California's, commercial-scale, high solids dry fermentation anaerobic digestion system, and the Forest County Potawatomi Community's (FCPC) anaerobic digester project. Download the presentations below, watch the webinar (YouTube), or view the text version. Find more CommRE webinars.

Implementing Anaerobic Digestion in San Jose's Integrated Processing Infrastructure

This presentation provided 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 also identified 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.

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A Design-Builder's Perspective—Anaerobic Digestion: Forest County Potawatomi Community, A Case Study

The presentation provided an update on the progress of the FCPC's project, highlighting the advantages of the design-build approach as well as things that should be considered when selecting a design-builder, how a design-build firm can help a project owner, recommendations for owners from a design-builder's perspective, and lessons learned.

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.

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