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Hazen Joins Industry Leaders to Host Bioenergy and Co-Digestion Webinar

Experts from Biosolids and Energy Management groups to discuss how to prepare WRRFs for new climate change regulations

Hazen Webinar April 25 2023 01 01

(NEW YORK, NY - April 20, 2023) – Hazen and Sawyer is taking part in a Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association webinar focused on the important discussion of how changing climate change regulations aimed at reducing Greenhouse gas emissions are affecting water reclamation and recovery facilities (WRRFs) across the U.S. Taking place April 25 from 1-3 p.m. (PST), the Bioenergy and Co-Digestion webinar will provide utility managers and staff valuable guidance on how to effectively manage methane emissions from decomposing organic waste in landfills.

In the Pacific Northwest specifically, new legislation aimed at addressing global climate change is posing several challenges to WRRFs, especially as diverting organics from landfills – which includes food waste, wood and paper, organic textiles, manure, sludge, digestates, and biosolids – is becoming more frequent. During the webinar, utilities will learn how to plan for these changes without incurring negative business impacts and also gain insight on developing a cost-benefit model customized to their goals and needs.

Hazen’s Energy Management Group Leader Bryan Lisk, Residuals and Biosolids Practice Group Lead Dr. Derya Dursun, and engineer Riley Murnane will lead discussions on bioenergy and biosolids master planning, Source Separated Organics (SSO) pretreatment, and diverting organics from landfills, respectively. They will be joined by Josh Newman from the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental services and Mark Van Eeckhout from the City of Springfield Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission.

The agenda for the webinar includes:

  • Overview and trends of organic diversion regulations
  • Impacts and opportunities for utilities
  • Planning for accepting SSOs
  • Trends and barriers to recovering energy and resources from SSOs
  • Cost-Benefit model and case studies

Register here.

About the Hazen Speakers

Bryan Lisk, PE, CEM is Hazen’s national energy management services leader, with 25 years of energy management and design experience in the water and wastewater field. Bryan is involved in many aspects of energy management, including energy strategic planning, energy program development, bioenergy recovery, and energy data management and visualization. Bryan specializes in renewable and non-renewable onsite power generation systems, bioenergy recovery systems, energy procurement services and power distribution systems. Bryan is also a Certified Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Dr. Derya Dursun is a Senior Associate with over 15 years of experience. She received her PhD in 2007 on conditioning and dewatering of biosolids. Since then, she has been involved in projects ranging from process models to technology evaluations. She is currently involved in biosolids and energy master plans, technology evaluations, and optimization studies. Derya has presented and authored over 50 publications at conferences and peer-reviewed journals. She recently completed an SSO pretreatment project and is actively involved in three research projects with the Water Research Foundation.

Riley Murnane, PE, is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Oregon and has been working as an engineer for four years. Riley has worked on feasibility studies and the design of biosolids projects along the West Coast.