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Toward a Low Carbon Future: Tapping Our Urban (Bio)Gas Supplies is a workshop taking place at Smart Cities NYC ‘17.

Once you register for the Smart Cities NYC´17 conference and expo, you´ll receive a code in your confirmation email with which you can register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for the Smart Cities NYC '17.

More and more cities across the world recognize that the organic “waste” we generate is in fact a valuable renewable energy and nutrient resource. As these materials break down, they produce a potent mixture of methane and carbon dioxide known as "biogas". If unmitigated, biogas emissions are a major climate liability, but if captured, biogas can be used to generate power, heat homes or — if refined and compressed — fuel vehicles. Moreover, if separately collected and processed at wastewater treatment facilities or dedicated anaerobic digesters, the remaining "biosolids" can be used as nutrient-rich compost and soil amendments.

This Smart Cities workshop will address the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for sustainably managing municipal organic waste, with a special focus on the two valuable products that can be created from this waste stream: carbon-neutral biogas and nutrient rich compost.


Matt Tomich, Moderator

Matt is president of New York-based environmental research group Energy Vision. Since joining the organization in 2012, his focus has been on the advancement of emerging commercial non-petroleum transportation options, especially the organic waste-to-vehicle fuel strategy. His work has included research and outreach on major biogas-to-vehicle fuel initiatives in the North American dairy, landfill gas, wastewater, residential and commercial waste sectors. He has co-authored five Energy Vision reports and his research and writing have been featured in numerous publications. Since 2013, Matt has also coordinated ten regional waste-to-vehicle fuel workshops and has spoken and lectured on the topic at numerous national and international venues. In 2015, Matt was honored as one of New York City’s Top Ten Energy Entrepreneurs by the publication Breaking Energy. He is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A. Geology) and Kansas State University (MBA).


Pam Elardo, Panelist

Pam joined the New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT) in May 2016. DEP is responsible for the largest municipal wastewater utility in North America, protecting public health and the environment for over 8.5 million customers primarily through operating and maintaining 14 wastewater treatment plants and associated facilities. Pam has also worked on water and sanitation issues with Asia Development Bank, the World Bank, the Living Earth Institute (LEI), and other non-profit organizations.


Christopher A. Cavanagh

PE Principal Program Manager , New Energy SolutionsNational Grid


Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the New Energy Solutions team at National Grid and is responsible for developing programs to modernize Nationals Grid’s US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid’s goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty nine years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and has been a mentor and judge in the CleanTech Open and Powerbridge NY programs. Mr. Cavanagh is a graduate of Brooklyn Tech HS and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh is also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is also the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey if the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.

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