Annual State Solid Waste Conference - San Jose August 2014
Hi, I'm from the class of 2009 and wanted to share information about an upcoming conference (CRRA) that may be of interest to fellow planners focused on environmental topics. More details below, but in summary the conference will cover leading initiatives in solid waste management, waste diversion, recycling, sustainable consumption, and food reuse. The Environmental Innovation Center, a project closely linked to the SJSU Urban Planning Dept., will be featured, as well as two new solid waste processing facilities in San Jose attracting international interest: the ZWED facility that recently had a great article published about it in the BioCycle magazine, and the newly remodeled Newby Island Resource Recovery Park. Will also feature the new $1.2 billion 49ers Levi Stadium and the new 18K seat LEED San Jose Earthquakes Soccer Stadium, opening late 2014. Also, great speaker lineup at bottom of email.
Hope you can join, and let me know if you’re going so we can reconnect! -Cecilia
Cecilia Rios, Residential Services Supervisor
Integrated Waste Management Division
City of San José | Environmental Services Department
200 East Santa Clara Street – 10th Floor | San José, CA 95113
Tel: 408.975.2502 | Fax: 408.292.6211
The annual California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) conference will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown San Jose August 3-6, 2014, with this year's theme being the "Epicenter of Innovation". The conference will showcase many leading initiatives in solid waste management, waste diversion, recycling, sustainable consumption, and food reuse, along with several technical sessions addressing the latest waste diversion technologies, including biogas efforts. The conference features several panels expanding into new focus areas, including sustainable consumption, biogas technology and Cap-and-Trade in California, the sharing economy, nonprofits' expanding role in solid waste, big venue recycling, social media, a multi-day track on blight/litter/trash, and creative public/private partnerships.
For the first time, this is a joint event with the western chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). This conference will have largest program ever for CRRA, with six concurrent tracks showcasing speakers and projects from across the US and Canada (see http://www.crra.us/Program). Registration is now open (http://crra.us/Registration). The conference assembles a diverse world-class speaker slate driven in part by the excitement generated from cutting edge facilities and programs coming on-line in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014. These facilities have been incorporated into the conference through tours and presentations, including the new 18,000 seat San Jose Earthquakes Stadium, anticipated to be LEED certified and opening in late 2014, and the new $1.2 billion 49ers/Levi's Stadium, which is poised to become the first NFL stadium to earn LEED certification for new construction. Levi's Stadium will have its inaugural event on Saturday, August 2, the day before the CRRA/SWANA conference begins; the game will be the San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC, one of Major League Soccer's best rivalries. Tickets for the event have been secured for a select number of CRRA/SWANA conference attendees; additional details on how to attend this event will be added to the CRRA website soon.
Three new innovative projects in San Jose are also featured at this years conference through tours and sessions. Two of these projects are solid waste processing facilities that are attracting international interest: 1) ZWED, a dry fermentation anaerobic digestion facility, was recently featured as the cover story in BioCycle magazine: http://www.biocycle.net/2014/03/28/high-solids-anaerobic-digestion-composting-in-san-jose/ and 2) the newly remodeled Newby Island Resource Recovery Park (http://www.republicservices.com/site/santa-clara-ca/en/pages/newby-island-resource-recovery-park.aspx), one of the most advanced recycling facilities in the world. The third new and innovation San Jose project is the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (EIC). This facility is striving for LEED platinum certification, and is a showcase of energy and water efficiency practices. Three organizations that provide services to the Bay Area are located at the EIC: Prospect Silicon Valley, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the County of Santa Clara's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program (http://sjenvironment.org/eic).
The conference begins on Sunday, August 3 with an evening reception in downtown San Jose and ends on Wednesday afternoon with several local tours, including all facilities mentioned above.
International Plenary speaker lineup includes:
Monday, August 4, morning
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council
Carol Mortensen, Director, CalRecycles
Tuesday, August 5, morning
Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager, Vancouver, BC
Nils Moe, Managing Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Wednesday, August 6, lunch
Dr. Russell Hancock, Joint Venture Silicon Valley