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Posted at December 12, 2013

CleanWorld shares the 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award with the Capital Region and its partners, highlighting wide-scale adoption of groundbreaking anaerobic digestion technology as part of the region’s

FARM-TO-FORK-TO-FUEL climate resiliency initiatives. 

Sacramento, CA., Last evening CleanWorld, North America’s leading pioneer of anaerobic digestion technology and commercially viable zero waste solutions was honored by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. for their Sacramento BioDigester project, the largest anaerobic digestion system of its kind in North America. The award recognizes CleanWorld’s project as “exceptional for its innovative spirit,” and “valuable in improving California’s environment and economy.”

This is California’s highest environmental honor and the 4th major award for CleanWorld in 2013, concluding an important year of commercialization progress. The system converts 25 tons of food waste per day into various forms of renewable energy including heat, electricity, and natural gas, in addition to producing fertilizer and soil enhancements for California farms.

Opened in January of 2013, the Sacramento BioDigester project is now under construction to expand its size four-fold, to 100 tons per day of food waste, or nearly 40,000 tons per year. The expansion is projected to be operational by Q2 of 2014. CleanWorld expects to close on several new projects throughout the U.S. in 2014.

Due to its tremendous economic and environmental benefits, the Sacramento BioDigester has vaulted Sacramento to the forefront of the clean technology revolution, and has received significant recognition, including the PowerGen International Bioenergy Project of the Year for 2013, beating out 16 other global nominees; Energy Vision’s Leadership Award for furthering the gains in renewable transportation fuel production; and Innovate-North State’s Game Changer of the Year Award, recognized there as an innovating force for job creation and economic growth. CleanWorld’s CEO Michele Wong also received recognition in December as Woman Innovator of the Year by Innovate North State.

Next Economy Game Changer

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was selected as a member of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience this past September, at the same time the Capital Region is advancing its Capital Region Prosperity Plan. This plan will amplify the region’s global market transactions, foster a strong innovation environment, diversify the regional economy through market clusters (Clean and Green as an example), and promoting and develop world class talent to match the region’s business growth sectors.

CleanWorld is a leading company in the region who is both benefitting by these efforts and also exemplifying the kind of innovative business and collaborative partnerships driving the region’s momentum and powerful economic, social, and environmental impacts for the Next Economy—doing well by doing good.

With the Next Economy framework now in place, the Capital Region of California strives to lead the nation in pursuing a competitive and strategic economic development agenda to bring about resiliency, vitality and a wide range of new opportunities for job creation, innovation and increased investment. CleanWorld is a significant example of what this kind of investment in clean technology can mean for people in communities all over the world.

About the Sacramento BioDigester Facility

The facility will produce 700,000 diesel gallon equivalents per year of renewable CNG, prevent the release of 18,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, produce organic soils and fertilizer products for Sacramento area farms, and generate one million kilowatts of electricity to be used to power the facility and the adjacent fueling station. By creating CNG from waste that would otherwise have gone to landfills, the project produces the first negative carbon intensity fuel that is commercially available in the US.

CleanWorld and Atlas Disposal celebrate the first official RNG fueling of waste hauling vehicles from the Sacramento BioDigester

CleanWorld and Atlas Disposal celebrate the first official RNG fueling of waste hauling vehicles from the Sacramento BioDigester

    “CleanWorld is tremendously excited to see our anaerobic digestion technology receive widespread attention and recognition in the US and around the globe. We are honored to share this award with our regional and project partners, who we believe represent the model collaboration team for these solutions.”        

                                                                                                – Michele Wong, CEO, CleanWorld.

CleanWorld is also currently completing construction of the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) at the former UC Davis landfill, slated for commissioning in January 2014. The facility will convert nearly 20,000 tons of food waste per year into electricity to power the University of California, Davis campus. In 2012, the company also placed into service the American River Packaging BioDigester in Natomas, California, which produces electricity for the box manufacturing company.


Other 2013 Recognition

Of note, this year the recognition that CleanWorld and its partners have received offer an opportunity to share the story of these projects and a company and team that have pioneered the technology and climate impact reduction roadmap for others to follow—doing well by doing good.

2013 has been a year of proving that it is possible for all of North America and the world to achieve wide-scale adoption of these systems for producing renewable transportation fuel from organic waste, for the generation of clean energy from organic waste, and for the application of soil amendments and fertilizer made from organic waste back onto our farms and gardens.

International Bioenergy Project of the Year Award, Power Engineering Awards, Orlando, Florida, November 2013. Competing against a field of sixteen applicants representing bioenergy projects across the globe, CleanWorld received the highly sought “International Bioenergy Project of the Year.”

2013 Energy Vision Leadership Award, Energy Vision Seventh Anniversary Celebration, New York, November 2013. Energy Vision, a national non-profit organization that promotes clean, renewable, petroleum-free transportation fuels, presented the City of Sacramento with this year’s Leadership Award, which CleanWorld shared in recognition, as a public and private sector pioneering partnership, “making a true waste-to-fuel revolution in this country a reality.”

2013 Game Changer of the Year Award and 2013 Woman Innovator of the Year (Michele Wong, CEO of CleanWorld), December 2013. Innovate-North State is particularly committed to supporting those industries projected to create growth and jobs in the North State.

About CleanWorld

CleanWorld provides businesses and communities with cost-effective zero waste solutions for converting organic waste. The company bases its waste recycling systems on a proprietary solution developed at the University of California, Davis, which is fabricated and constructed in California. CleanWorld’s technology converts waste to renewable energy and other valuable byproducts through a biological system with a mix of naturally occurring bacteria. CleanWorld currently offers scalable, affordable and flexible anaerobic digestion technologies for converting a wide variety of organic waste materials into high-quality biomethane, marketable bio-based products and clean water.

SATS Project Partners:

Financing provided by Synergex, Five Star Bank, Central Valley Community Bank, California Energy Commission, CalRecycle and the California Office of State Treasurer. Key project partners include Otto Construction, Doda USA, Atlas ReFuel, City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, University of California, Davis, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Additionally, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, BioCNG, Cornerstone, Peabody Engineering, TSS Consultants, 2G Cenergy and Frank M. Booth have played key roles in the development of the Sacramento BioDigester.

For more information about CleanWorld’s zero waste solutions, contact Katie Oliver at

Interested in seeing the launch of CleanWorld’s first commercial-scale biodigester?  Find the video here.  To find more information on the official launch of the Sacramento BioDigester, find the video here.