30th Anniversary Conference
BioCycle REFOR15


Composting • Anaerobic Digestion
Food Recovery & Recycling
Healthy Soils • Clean Energy
Compost, Biogas & Digestate Markets

April 4, 5, 6, 7, 2016 | San Diego, California | Town & Country Resort

Agenda: Monday Workshops | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions | Thursday Site Tours | Keynote Speakers
PDF files: Event Schedule | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions
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Preconference Workshops
Monday, April 4, 2016

Fee: $195 with 2-day conference registration
or $295* workshop only
Workshops include lunch.

Updated 3.28


Wasted Food Prevention And Rescue
8:30 AM — 4:30 PM


Eric Handler

Dr. Eric Handler Cofounder, Waste Not Orange County Coalition and Health Officer, Orange County

Co-sponsored by CalRecycle

*Reduced rate available for qualified nonprofits, local agencies and small businesses.
Contact us for more info.

Workshop Agenda

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Introduction and Overview

  • Poll Everywhere: Prevention and Rescue Terminology
    Brenda Smyth, CalRecycle and Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Workshop Keynote
Why A Public Health Department Promotes Food Donation

Dr. Eric Handler, Waste Not Orange County Coalition

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Food For People, Food For Soil ... And Energy
Keith Bergthold, Fresno Metro Ministry
Andy Souza, Community Food Bank
Kent Hawkins, Colony Energy Partners

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Advancing Prevention And Rescue

  • Measuring Prevention
    Andrew Shakman, LeanPath, Inc.
  • Beyond The Low Hanging Fruit (And Veggies)— Prepared Food Distribution
    Kelly Kratzer, Feeding America, San Diego
  • Connecting Communities To Maximize Rescue
    Keith Bergthold, Fresno Metro Ministry

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Featured Speaker
How To Shift Behaviors — Captivating Food Messaging With The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign And Beyond

Jordan Figueiredo, EndFoodWaste.org

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch and Networking

1:00 PM – 4:30 pm
CalRecycle Stakeholder Roundtable Discussion: Proposed Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program
CalRecycle Facilitators: Howard Levenson, Brenda Smyth, Michelle Martin and Kyle Pogue


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lightning Round
Infrastructure Innovations

  • Too Ripe For Retail — Repurposing
    Steven Finn, ResponsEcology
  • Transport
    Alicia Saake, Feeding America, San Diego
  • Technologies
    Alicia Saake, Feeding America, San Diego

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
CalRecycle Overview of Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program DRAFT Criteria

  • Big Picture On Policy And Gov. Brown's Proposed Budget
  • New Food Waste Prevention Grant Program
  • Proposed Funding Eligibility/Criteria For Discussion

2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Facilitated Discussion With Stakeholder Audience
Moderator: Howard Levenson, CalRecycle

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop Wrap Up





Digestate Done Right:
Finalizing The ABC Digestate Standard And Focusing On The

9:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Workshop Facilitators

Norma McDonald

Norma McDonald, OWS

Clarke Pauley

Clarke Pauley, CR&R

Amy McCrae Kessler

Amy McCrae Kessler, Turning Earth

Organized by the American Biogas Council


Join us as we bust barriers to digestate value! This ABC workshop will finalize the Digestate Standard so that regulators and the marketplace understand the full benefit of converting organic waste using anaerobic digestion.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Welcome and Introductions

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM
Agenda Overview

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Recap of ABC Digestate Standard Development Process, 2014-2015

9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Review of ABC Digestate Standard Final Draft

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch, networking and first-release videos of novel digestate uses/nutrient recovery

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Implementation Of Digestate Standard —
How, Who, When

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Industry Showcase: Digestate Post Processing And Nutrient Recovery Technologies

  • Case Studies — Operators Tell Their Stories
  • Current Research On Value-Added Products Derived From Digestate
  • How to become an ABC-approved laboratory
  • Recent Equipment Introductions To Create Marketable Products From Your Facility's Digestate
  • Slots still available to present during this session!
    Email ABC to be included in the showcase