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Biosolids – Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st century

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Sep 30, 2021   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Speaker
Greg Kester – Director of Renewable Resource Programs – California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA)
Cost
Free
Registration
Registration
Contact
Elizabeth Meschewski
E-Mail
elm2@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Events

Abstract: As climate change mitigation, improved soil health, and a circular economy become key policy drivers the benefits of biosolids and their role in meeting policy objectives are gaining recognition. Obstacles remain however which must be met directly. This presentation will present an update on key legislation in California and how it impacts biosolids use there. Key US federal and European Union updates on biosolids issues will also be provided. 

Biography:

Greg serves as both the technical and programmatic contact for CASA members and conduit for emerging issues on the state and federal levels on all biosolids, renewable energy, recycled water, and related issues. He works closely with local, state and federal authorities as well as the private sector on biosolids management, climate change mitigation, energy optimization, and all management options. He is the lead conduit of information for emerging technologies and markets for biosolids management and renewable energy opportunities.

Prior to joining CASA, Greg served as the state biosolids coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He represented all states in the nation, by their election, to USEPA on all biosolids issues. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee which evaluated federal biosolids regulations and produced the 2002 report: Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices.

Prior to earning his engineering degree, Greg drove an 18 wheel tractor-tanker for 10 years, delivering liquid biosolids to agricultural fields for land application through direct injection. This affords him a holistic view of all sides of the biosolids program.

This seminar is a certified green event by the University of Illinois' Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.

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