31st Annual Conference
ACCELERATING ORGANICS RECYCLING
BIOCYCLE WEST COAST18
Compost ManufacturingAnaerobic Digestion Food Recovery & Recycling
Compost, Biogas
And Digestate Markets
Climate Enterprise Opportunities

March 26, 27, 28, 29, 2018   San Diego, California  

Agenda: Monday Workshop | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions | Thursday Site Tours, Hands-On Training
Event Schedule | Keynote Speakers | Networking Events | Certified Compost Operations Manager Credits
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Keynote Speakers
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Dana Gunders

Dana Gunders

Food Systems Efficienado, Author, Waste Free Kitchen Handbook

Dana Gunders recently launched her own firm after serving as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Gunders was one of the first to bring to light how much food is wasted across the country through her 2012 report, "Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill."  She led NRDC's work on the topic for the last 5 years, including helping to create the NRDC/Ad Council public outreach and education campaign, SaveTheFood.com. Gunders work has been featured by countless media outlets, from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to NPR Science Friday to Dr. Oz. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and spends far too much of her free time pondering how to get her two children to eat egg yolks and throw less food on the floor.

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital

Jigar Shah was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison, he served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Mr. Shah sees business model innovation as a leveraged tool for driving the next productivity revolution – resource efficiency. He is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using "no money down" project finance models. In 2013, Mr. Shah authored Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Ken DaRosa

Ken DaRosa

Chief Deputy Director,
CalRecycle

Ken DaRosa feels privileged and honored to hold this position at CalRecycle because of the opportunity to work with the department's more than 740 dedicated professional women and men making California's environment better every single day. Mr. DaRosa's environmental policy interest and commitment grows from the simplest of roots, a reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax as a child. The story's closing line, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." While plain and simple, this guidance motivates him and, hopefully, can motivate others to recognize how each of us share the responsibility for environmental stewardship and environmental leadership.

Prior to joining CalRecycle in 2012, Mr. DaRosa worked for the California Department of Finance for eight years where his assignment portfolio included health and human services, natural resources, energy, and environmental fiscal policy.