16th Annual Conference
BioCycle REFOR16

Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling

Oct. 17, 18, 19, 20, 2016
Orlando, Florida
Caribe Royale Hotel
Conference Of
The American
Biogas Council
Anaerobic Digestion • Composting • Biogas Markets • Food Waste • Manure • Distributed Energy

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Keynote Speakers
Updated 9.27


Scott Smithline

Cheryl T. Coleman

Director, Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division U.S. EPA

Cheryl Coleman is the Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) within the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery at the U.S. EPA. The RCSD is responsible for: promoting the reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of municipal, industrial and extractive wastes and the long term sustainable management of these materials; establishing collaborative partnerships with businesses and State, territorial, and local governments; and, developing policy, technical guidance, tools, and public information on sustainable materials management.

Ms. Coleman is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She did further graduate work at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, and earned a Master's degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Ms. Coleman has over 30 years of experience with materials/waste management. She came to U.S. EPA Headquarters from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control where she was the Director of Compliance and Enforcement for waste programs and mining. Additionally, she served in several leadership capacities for the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO).

John Farrell

John Farrell

Director of democratic Energy Institute for
Local Self-Reliance

John Farrell is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. He is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. Mr. Farrell is 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, published a rich interactive map on solar grid parity, and polished the policies (like Minnesota's solar energy standard) necessary to support locally owned renewable energy development.
F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.

Division Director Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Waste Management

F. Joseph Ullo, Jr. (“Joe”) was appointed Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (“Department”) Division of Waste Management in October 2015. Mr. Ullo began his career as a civil engineer assisting with Base Realignment and Closure, and acted as a consultant to the state of Florida for various hazardous waste sites throughout the state. In addition, Mr. Ullo consulted with private companies assisting in waste characterization, tracking, reduction, treatment, storage, and disposal. In 2006, Mr. Ullo received a law degree and joined an environmental law firm where he gained expertise in brownfields redevelopment. He became President of the Florida Brownfields Association in 2010.

As Director of the Waste Management Division, Mr. Ullo combines technical and legal knowledge to achieve goals, including Florida’s 75% recycling goal. Management of Florida’s waste streams to meet this goal are critical components of the Division’s business plan mission. Further, based on the technical evaluation of Florida’s waste streams, Mr. Ullo understands the role of organics recycling and waste to energy facilities in goal attainment, and continues to work with his team to open avenues for better communication and recognition of stakeholders, seeking ways to incentivize their behaviors.