32nd Annual Conference
CATALYZING ORGANICS RECYCLING
BIOCYCLE WEST COAST19
Infrastructure ExpansionCompost & Biogas Markets Food Recovery Contamination Management Behavior Change

APRIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 2019   PORTLAND, OREGON   

Agenda/Events Pages: Monday Workshops | Tuesday & Wednesday Conference Sessions | Thursday Site Tours
Event Schedule | Networking Events | Think Tank—Catalyzing Symbiotic Connections | Table Talk Sessions
Continuing Education Credits

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BioCycle WEST COAST19 Opening Plenary Think Tank Catalyzing Symbiotic Connections:
Food, Soil, Compost, Energy

Updated 2.20

 

Stephen JonesNora Goldstein
BioCycle

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference sessions kick off with the Opening Plenary Think Tank — Catalyzing Symbiotic Connections: Food, Soil, Compost, Energy. Moderated by BioCycle Editor Nora Goldstein, this Think Tank features Stephen Jones, (Director of The Bread Lab), Ned Foley, (owner of Two Particular Acres), Sally Brown (School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington) and Rhys Roth (Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Sustainable Infrastructure) weave together the critical connections between organics recycling, sustainable food production and healthy and resilient soils, and renewable energy.

Table Talks during Conference sessions on April 2-3, will start with “state of the knowledge” presentations followed by interactive discussions. Table Talk topics include: Behavior Change Strategies To Catalyze Organics Recycling; Advancing Renewable Natural Gas Deployment; Managing Organics In The PFAS Age; and Compostable Food Service Packaging.

 

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

The Bread Lab,
Washington State University

Stephen Jones is a wheat breeder and the Director of The Bread Lab in Burlington, Washington. He has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis and teaches graduate courses in advanced classical genetics and in the history and ethics of genetics. Stephen holds the Clif Bar and King Arthur Flour Endowed Chair in Organic Grain Breeding and Innovation. Together with his graduate students and staff, he breeds wheat and other grains for local uses to be grown on small farms in the coastal West, the upper Northeast and other under-served regions of the country. The Bread Lab is a baking laboratory where scientists, bakers, chefs, farmers, maltsters, brewers, distillers and millers experiment with improved flavor, nutrition and functionality of regional and obscure non-commodity wheats, other small grains and beans.

Ned Foley

Ned Foley

Two Particular Acres

After leaving a full time law practice to pursue his composting passion Ned Foley conceived and created an agricultural composting enterprise on his Pennsylvania farm, Two Particular Acres, and a commercial composting partnership, American BioSoils & Compost (ABC).  These two vertically integrated companies collect and process 2,000,000 pounds/month of food residuals at multiple locations located throughout eastern Pennsylvania. ABC produces in excess of 50,000 cubic yards of compost and engineered soils for storm water controls; Two Particular Acres utilizes compost exclusively for fertility to raise a variety of crops including malting barley, popcorn and specialty heirloom potatoes.   Ned is a frequent lecturer and writer on composting and agriculture and the intersection of the two.

Sally Brown

Sally Brown

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

Sally Brown is a Research Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, as well as a member of BioCycle's Editorial Advisory Board and author of BioCycle's popular column, Connections. She focuses on identifying resources in wastes, and has worked on studies involving soil health, climate change mitigation, biosolids recycling and wastewater treatment. At the root of her work, Sally believes that soil amendments, in the form of residuals from different industries (composts, for example), offer the potential to help us to live in a more sustainable manner. Sally's goal is to turn cities green by making the use and reuse of wastes part of our daily vocabulary.

Rhys Roth

Rhys Roth

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

Rhys Roth is Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI), which brings innovation, new tools and sustainability excellence to infrastructure planning and investment in the Pacific Northwest. Working with a wide array of partner organizations, CSI builds alignment around a shared vision and roadmap for world-class infrastructure systems in the region, helps bipartisan policymakers develop smart public policy approaches, and assists distressed communities to uncover innovative infrastructure solutions. Prior to founding CSI, Rhys co-founded and helped lead for over 15 years the non-profit group Climate Solutions.