32nd Annual Conference
Infrastructure ExpansionCompost & Biogas Markets Food Recovery Contamination Management Behavior Change

APRIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 2019   PORTLAND, OREGON   

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Continuing Education Credits

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Table Talk Sessions
Tuesday, April 2 & Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Updated 3.18

New for 2019, BioCycle WEST COAST19 Table Talk Sessions gather panels/leaders from the "front line" of vital, current issues related to organics recycling. Participants will come away with "state of the knowledge" understanding.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Track 4, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Behavior Change Strategies To Catalyze Organics Recycling
Table Talk Instructors:

Jennifer Tabanico and Kaitlin Phelps, Action Research

• Interactive session explores behavior change tools and their applicability to organics diversion

• How to go beyond knowledge and awareness to create effective behavior change in your audience

• Best practices for using strategies such as social norms, prompts, and commitments

• Examples of strategies in practice

• Small group exercises to discuss how your programs can use behavioral strategies



Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Track 3, 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Advancing Renewable Natural Gas Deployment

Jim Jensen, Washington State University Energy Program

• State clean fuel credit valuations, pricing

• Building consensus on pipeline injection standards

• Evaluating Renewable Portfolio Standards for RNG

• Physical and contractual pathways to RNG end users


Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers

Dan Avery, Oregon Department of Energy

Tim Olson, California Energy Commission

Peter Moulton, Washington State Department of Commerce


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Track 1, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Managing Organics In The PFAS Age

Maile Lono-Batura, Northwest Biosolids

• What are PFAS, pathways of exposure, uncertainty factors

• Detection in biosolids, composts, soils, paper food packaging

• PFAS policies and bans

• Assessment of alternative products


Ned Beecher, North East Biosolids & Residuals Association

Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute

Peter Severtson, Washington State Department of Ecology

Rooney Kim Lazcano, Purdue University

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Track 2, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Compostable Foodservice Packaging

Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

• Compostable foodservice packaging (CFSP) life cycle assessement

• Integration of CFSP in zero waste programs

• Composter perspectives: food only vs. inclusion — and why

• Influence of composting conditions, duration on CFSP


David Allaway, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

Jack Hoeck, Rexius

Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute

Carla Castagnero, AgRecycle