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CleanWorld Supports Sustainable Cities: Farmers, Festivals, & Smart Fuel

Posted at July 14, 2014

Wherever CleanWorld BioDigesters help communities become zero waste sustainable cities, you can find the CleanWorld team hard at work, side-by-side with people and businesses making sure that organic waste is never wasted!

Farmer’s CleanWorld SoilTea Barbecue

CleanWorld's Steve Tourigny and team members talk to farmers.

CleanWorld’s Steve Tourigny and Caleb Adams.

On July 2 CleanWorld hosted nearly 50 farmers from the Northern California region to hear about the benefits of using CleanWorld’s SoilTea product on their crops. Caleb Adams, Vice President of Organics; Steve Tourigny, Chief of Operations; and Brad Jacobson, Business Development, joined  area growers to talk about the power of soil amendments derived from food waste processed in CleanWorld’s BioDigesters.

The catered barbecue gave CleanWorld an opportunity to talk with farmers about their growing practices and soil amendment needs and thank them for their input. The farmers that attended represented over 10,000 acres of farmland, which has a capacity to use 8 million gallons of digester effluent per year. Some attendees are already planning to take enough SoilTea product to fertilize 500 acres of farmland, and others expressed interest in using CleanWorld’s digester byproducts.

Our team talking with farmers about effluent on July 2.

Our team talking with farmers about effluent on July 2.

Many states, California included, are experiencing record drought in recent years, and CleanWorld is helping to provide nutrient-rich water at a time when water from any source is highly valued. In many ways, we are producing “new” water by using technology to extract liquid from organic material diverted from landfills and from liquid food wastes, such as bottled fruit juices or dairy products past their “sell by” dates.

Part of our ongoing R&D effort focuses on the best commercial uses for the byproducts from our CleanWorld BioDigesters. Talking directly with farmers at events like this enables us to learn from the experts. We’d love to hear what’s happening in your community! For more information about how you can obtain our liquid or solid soil amendments, or to share your “farmer and food waste” story, please contact Caleb Adams at caleb.adams@cleanworld.com.

Sustainable Community Efforts

CleanWorld BioDigesters provide community “farm to fork to fuel” solutions. We support efforts to engage people and businesses in actions and conversations that lead to sustainable communities. At the heart of that commitment is our mission to promote closing the loop for food grown locally, consumed locally, and recycled fully through anaerobic digestion – creating renewable transportation fuel and green electricity, as well as nutrient-rich soil amendments.

ssf20Ultimately, when locally-grown food ends up back on the farm as soil amendments, the whole community benefits. Greenhouse gasses are reduced, diesel fuel and non-renewable grid power is replaced with renewable transportation fuel, and the air is cleaner. The community also benefits through the creation of clean, green jobs and by promoting itself as an example of a closed-loop solution.

Sacramento, California offers a rich, engaged community. It is host to Sustainable Sacramento Forum 2.0, which is an organization that promotes closed-loop solutions. This is a great example of a community-based and millennial-led movement not unlike efforts happening in cities across the U.S. SSF 2.0 hosts monthly events focused on specific sustainability topics presented by local leaders, as well as develops and delivers social marketing messaging and outreach campaigns that give people the knowledge and inspiration they need to make “green” changes in their own lives.

CleanWorld supports efforts such as these to help connect people with policy leaders and business influencers to generate new ideas for practical, sustainable changes. Food waste diversion and closed-loop recycling of organic waste is a big part of local action and everyone can play a part.

On July 17, CleanWorld helped to educate people in Northern California about Smart Fuels and the role organic waste diversion and recycling play in helping to dramatically reduce climate impacts. Our Sacramento BioDigester project alone fuels more than 300 trucks with renewable natural gas…making Sacramento the greenest fleet city in the country! What great community work is happening where you live around Smart Fuel?

The State of Organics

CleanWorld also works closely with many organizations across the country to promote the “farm to fork to fuel” movement and efforts to make the U.S. a zero organic waste nation.

We work with national groups like the environmental organization Energy Vision, a leading researcher and educator on the organic waste to transportation fuel infrastructure. Energy Vision is writing a new series of white papers called “State of Organics,” beginning with a California paper due out in mid-August, which is supported by CleanWorld and Waste Management.

This project will, for the first time, report state-by-state on the what, where, why, who, and potential benefits and impacts of  the organic waste picture. Here’s a report Energy Vision did on the national Renewable Natural Gas potential in the U.S., and a comprehensive guide for cities “Turning Waste into Vehicle Fuel: Renewable Natural Gas:; A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities.”

If you’d like to help Energy Vision deliver a State of Organics research paper for your state, contact Matt Tomich at tomich@energy-vision.org. You can find the State of Organics in California white paper at CleanWorld’s website and at Energy Vision’s website on August 12th.

Stay tuned in mid-August when CleanWorld will be joining legislative leaders on the steps of the California State Capitol to recognize leading organic diversion champions, including Hyatt Hotels, HP Hood, Straw Hat Pizza, and others. For more information about this press event, contact Tracy Saville at tracy.saville@cleanworld.com.

CleanWorld Presents at California Adaptation Forum

CleanWorld's panel at the CA Adaptation Forum, August 20th at 1:30.

CleanWorld’s panel at the CA Adaptation Forum, August 20th at 1:30.

Climate change is having—and will continue to have—widespread impacts on California’s economy and environment. The California Adaptation Forum will create a comprehensive network of leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing these climate risks.

The Forum program reflects the diverse needs and challenges facing California and brings together leading voices from around the state to share insights about how we can most effectively respond.

Compelling opportunities to adapt exist within the agriculture, forestry, and municipal waste sectors, among many others. In collecting waste efficiently and converting it to energy, we can safeguard these sectors from climate impacts, deliver clean energy, improve air and water quality, create jobs, and reduce climate forcing emissions.

Join leaders from each of these sectors to hear case studies, learn policy best practices, and engage in lively discussion.

Screenshot 2014-07-16 14.54.52CleanWorld will be presenting the case study at this conference “Anaerobic Digestion’s Role in Achieving a Zero Organic Waste California” on Wednesday, August 20th at 1:30 pm and hosting the tour at our Sacramento BioDigester project for the August 18th Farm-to-Fork-to-Fuel: A Regional Resilience Strategy” tour from 2 pm to 4 pm.

For more information about the conference, visit the forum website. Registrations are still available!