Next Year's Conference:
October 21-23, 2013 • Columbus, Ohio

BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference

Keynote Speakers

Updated 10.12

Presentation previews:   Monday: Plenary | Track 1 | Track 2 | Track 3   Tuesday: Track 1 | Track 2 | Track 3

Mark J. Hague, U.S. EPA Region 7  

Mark J.

Acting Deputy Regional Administrator
Region 7

Allison Costa, U.S. EPA AgSTAR  


Program Manager
Climate Change Division
Washington, DC

John Farrell, Institute For Local Self Reliance  

John Farrell

Senior Researcher
Institute For
Local Self-Reliance

Mark served as the Director of the Enforcement Coordination Office, which also coordinates the Region 7 Environmental Justice program. Prior to assuming leadership of the Enforcement Coordination Office, Mark was the Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Policy and Management. Mark began his career at EPA in Washington, DC in 1980, and joined Region 7 in the spring of 1989. During his time at Headquarters, Mark worked on the planning staff for the Office of Noise Abatement and Control and in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer primarily working on Pesticides and Toxic Substances programs. Mark also worked in the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Management and Budget. Mark is currently serving as Acting Deputy Regional Administrator.

Mark graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in May of 1980 with a degree in Political Science/Public Administration.


Allison currently works across the US and internationally on collaborative efforts related to anaerobic digestion of livestock and agro-industrial wastes through AgSTAR program and as a co-chair of the Global Methane Initiative Agricultural Subcommittee. Prior to EPA, she worked with state and local governments in NC on both environmental outreach and environmental health programs. Allison holds a BS in Biology and Politics from Wake Forest University and an MS in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


John Farrell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on democratic energy.

John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

He's the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential highlighted in the New York Times, showing that most states don't need to look outside their borders to meet their electricity needs. He's also written extensively on the economic advantages of Democratizing the Electricity System, and the policies necessary to support locally owned renewable energy development.

John provides data-rich presentations on local renewable energy for the common citizen, and has wowed crowds from Presque Isle, Maine to San Francisco. He's been the keynote at conferences like Solar Energy Focus in Washington, DC, and also inspired citizens in Boulder, CO, prior to their successful effort to seize more control over their energy future.

John's work appears most regularly on Energy Self-Reliant States, a blog with timely and compelling analysis of current energy discussions and policy. The posts are frequently enriched by charts, translating the complex economics of energy into tools for advancing local energy ownership and they are regularly syndicated at Grist, CleanTechnica, and Renewable Energy World.