Landfill Gas to Energy 101


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This course presents recent innovative LFG energy projects in the U.S. and beyond. In addition, the course illustrates how projects and companies in the U.S. can play an important role in encouraging international projects.
Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Discuss EPA perspectives in relation to Landfill Gas
  • Apply decision support tools for MSW planning and management
  • Discuss the current policy drivers for new LFG energy projects in the U.S.
  • Determine appropriate tools and resources for international landfills
  • Describe the components of landfill gas modeling
  • Define decay rates for waste components
  • Discuss the landfill carbon footprints

Course Length

87 minutes

Presenter Biography

SUSAN THORNLOE is an environmental engineer in the US EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Laboratory, Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, (APPCD), Atmospheric Protection Branch (APB). Ms. Thorneloe has over 20 years of experience working as a chemical engineer in various aspects of source characterization and technology assessment. Prior to joining APPCD, Susan worked for the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, where she was responsible for the development of technical information for treatment, storage, and disposal facilities of hazardous waste and municipal solid waste landfills. She was also responsible for the coordination of ORD R&D programs, and interfacing with other program offices, EPA regional offices, state and local regulatory agencies, industry, trade associations, and environmental interest groups. Susan has authored and co-authored over 40 journal articles and 35 EPA reports.

CHRISTOPHER GODLOVE manages domestic and international programs in support of the U.S. EPA LMOP, covering the mid-Atlantic and northeastern regions of the United States and programs in Brazil and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining LMOP, Chris worked with the Clinton Climate Initiative where he forged partnerships with cities around the world to develop GHG mitigation projects in the waste, water, and wastewater sectors. Chris has worked for both private and non-profit organizations for over 10 years, implementing projects and programs centered on energy and environment. This included managing program implementation for the Alliance to Save Energy, Environmental Export Council, and the U.S. Environmental Training Institute. Chris has a B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and an M.A. in International Relations from American University, Washington DC. Dynamic and accomplished professional with significant leadership experience in climate change, international, and municipal services. Directs greenhouse gas mitigation activities supporting environmental initiatives in Latin America and Asia. Recipient of multiple USEPA awards. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills. A self-starter who thrives in collaborative, team-oriented environments. Multilingual. Goal-driven and innovative. A trusted and respected industry leader.

MORTON A. BARLAZ, Ph.D., P.E. is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He has been involved in research on various aspects of solid waste since 1983. Over this time, he has conducted research on biological refuse decomposition, methane production, and the biodegradation of hazardous wastes in landfills. He has participated in two state-of-the-practice reviews of bioreactor landfills. His research forms the basis for much of the work done to assess the impact of landfills on methane emissions inventories. Dr. Barlaz is also recognized for his research on the use of life-cycle analysis to evaluate environmental emissions associated with alternate solid waste management strategies. Dr. Barlaz is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has made over 200 presentations at conferences throughout the world. In 1992 he was awarded a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Barlaz has been active in service throughout his career. He is an Associate Editor for two journals (Waste Management and Journal of Environmental Engineering) and serves as co-chair of the bi-annual Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium. He has served as chair of the Government Affairs Committee and the Lectures Committee for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Finally, he serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the International Waste Working Group. P.E. license number 018626 (North Carolina).


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