June 22, 2020

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Lynn McGuire and Andrea Siefers to Present on Carbon Reduction and Permitting in the ACE 2020 Gateway to Innovation Virtual Conference

Lynn McGuire, P.E. (California) and Andrea Siefers, P.E. (North Carolina) will present in the ACE 2020 Gateway to Innovation Virtual Conference, Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) 113th Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 30, 2020.

Lynn McGuire is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 34 years of experience in process and environmental engineering consulting for air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) management supporting corporate programs, permitting, reporting, and sustainability practices.

Andrea Siefers is a Project Engineer based in Raleigh, North Carolina with more than 10 years of consulting and regulatory experience focused on air quality, including permitting, compliance, and GHG management.

The ACE 2020 Technical Program is the heart of the conference. Technical presentations and panels cover the latest international topics and provide solutions to the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow. There will be over 300 platform, panel, and poster presentations organized into focused technical tracks.

Founded in 1907, the A&WMA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization enhancing knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.

Presentation Information

Title: Options for Industrial Businesses Toward Achieving Carbon Reduction Targets
Primary Author: Lynn McGuire, P.E. – Geosyntec Consultants
Co-Authors: Hong Jin, Ph.D. – Geosyntec Consultants; Barbara Neary, P.E. – Geosyntec Consultants
Abstract: The acceleration of local policy, shareholder resolutions, technology advances, low carbon and renewable energy standards and tax incentives, favorable economics, and corporate interest in "going green' is fueling business interest in establishing carbon reduction targets and energy transition. Businesses are challenged to consider rapid changes in complex and urgent environmental, natural resources and infrastructure issues that affect their current operations as well as future plans. Many are looking at carbon reduction strategies to manage their risk, improve their carbon footprint and capitalize on opportunities that are emerging from a changing energy supply mix and pricing, new technologies and new incentives. This session will cover some of the most effective types of carbon reduction opportunities including: energy efficiency improvements, fuel switching, renewable energy, efficient use and recycle of materials, carbon capture and storage, and investment in carbon sequestration or natural resource solutions with examples of how these approaches have benefitted the businesses of energy consumers, producers and distributors.

This session will also provide an overview of how an integrated energy strategy can help in a transition to lower carbon or "net zero' commitments. Starting with the importance of Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emission accounting, making effective targets and implementing informed changes to business practices, design, equipment, energy, fuel, and material supplies that have resulted in progress to these targets.

Title: Landfill Environmental Permitting and Compliance to Support Renewable Natural Gas Production
Primary Author: Andrea M. Siefers, P.E. – Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Co-Author: Christopher Casteix – River Birch, LLC
Abstract: This is a case study of environmental compliance and permitting strategies to support renewable natural gas production at River Birch Landfill (RBL), a privately-owned municipal solid waste landfill located in Avondale, Louisiana. River Birch, LLC is an industry leader and operates a high-Btu landfill gas (LFG) treatment plant at RBL with the third largest supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) from LFG in the U.S. market. RBL has been in operation since 1999 and the LFG treatment plant has been upgraded several times since it was first constructed in 2009, including an expansion occurring in 2019-2020 to accommodate the treatment of LFG from a neighboring landfill. Pipeline grade LFG is transported from RBL to a compressor station and then to California for sale.

Topics discussed will be an overview of operations, innovative initiatives, environmental program management across eight regulating agencies, air permitting and compliance, the collaborative relationship between the Operations and Environmental departments, challenges and lessons learned, and a look towards the future of RNG production from RBL and the landfill sector. River Birch's environmental compliance program is led by Mr. Chris Casteix, who will offer a Young Professional's perspective regarding environmental compliance program management. RBL is a model of how coordinated environmental oversight can support and enhance gas production operations. Working together, the Environmental and Operations departments continue to improve gas collection and minimize fugitive emissions.

More Information

About the event: https://www.awma.org/ace2020techprogram
About A&WMA: https://www.awma.org/content.asp?contentid=144
About Geosyntec Services for Carbon Reduction: http://geosyntec.com/carbon-reduction
For consultation regarding carbon reduction and permitting, contact Lynn McGuire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Andrea Siefers at  https://www.geosyntec.com/people/andrea-siefers.
Learn more about Lynn McGuire: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/lynn-mcguire
Learn more about Andrea Siefers: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/andrea-siefers