NationSwell

nationswell-150x61[1]NationSwell, “Inside the Business of Turning Your Leftovers into 33 Million Bags of Mulch,” by Chris Peak

Waste, energy and agriculture. These three massive topics will affect how our ecosystem fares in the future. Harvest Power, a company founded in 2008, is providing local solutions that intersect all three. And they start by changing one unlikely place: the municipal dump.

CapeNews

capenewsnet-150x64[1]CapeNews, “No Smell, No Noise, No Worry – Visit to Harvest Power Plant in Florida Allays Concerns,” by Michael J. Rausch.
A proposed new trash-to-gas-to-electricity facility proposed to be built and operated at a section of the Bourne landfill should not pose any odor or noise pollution problems to the town. That was the upshot of a presentation to the Bourne Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, February 17, by the Bourne Landfill Business Model Working Group and Harvest Power, the company that would build and run the plant.

Biogas RINs, Enough to Power 471 Garbage Trucks

Biogas RINs, Enough to Power 471 Garbage Trucks December 11, 2014  Biomass MagazineIn a recent issue of Biomass Magazine, Amanda Bilek outlines the staggering growth of the cellulosis renewable information number (RIN) market from compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG): they surged from 3.5 million in August 2014 to 7.5 million in September 2014.  The generation of 7.5 million cellulosic RINs in September sounds impressive, but how does that translate into fuel? The amount of renewable CNG and LNG from 7.5 million cellulosic RINs is enough to run 471 garbage trucks for an entire year. The equivalent of 471 garbage trucks would be burning renewable fuel instead of conventional diesel, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality.

Food Waste Making (Inter)National News

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Has anyone else noticed that food waste – the topic of conversation we at Harvest Power have been “stalking” for 5+ years now – is all of a sudden making headlines in national and international news?

First, for example, take Harvest Public Media’s “Tossed Out: Food Waste In America” series.  The “Studying a Family’s Waste” story rang the most true with our audiences.  They call their kitchen catcher the “bucket of judgement” – classic!  They have some great tips on making sure their food goes to its highest and best use.

Second, also this season, Elizabeth Royte explores how 1/3 of our food is lost or wasted in National Geographic magazine. Just as she does in  Garbage Land, she maps out the forces at work.  Indeed, food waste is identified as a threat on national security.

Enjoy these juicy articles and videos on a topic near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs!).

Tossed Out

cnet-tossed-out-video-screenshot-150x150[1]Tossed Out: A Special Report on Food Waste in America, by Harvest Public Media (no relation of Harvest Power, Inc).

Part of the report includes an in-home look at one family in Iowa’s strategies for food waste reduction.

Farmers and growers have made gigantic advancements in food production over the last century, ensuring more food flows from farm to table than at any time in human history. Yet, some estimates say as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten.

Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. An incredible 35 million tons of food were thrown away in 2012, according to the EPA. As it decomposes in landfills, the waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, 1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger and the world wonders how to address the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

Disney World’s biogas facility: a model for converting food waste into energy

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Guardian Sustainable Business, “Disney World’s biogas facility: a model for converting food waste into energy,” by Marc Gunther

 

“The circular economy at Disney World may not be as pretty as Cinderella’s Castle, but this process for turning organic waste into energy, which is known as anaerobic digestion, could turn out to be the best way to extract value from food scraps and treated sewage that would otherwise wind up in a landfill.”

 

Harvest Power Wins Global Cleantech 100 – 5th Year in a Row!

2014-Global-Cleantech-100[1]Wow. Tonight was a special night: Harvest Power was listed as a Global Cleantech 100 company by the Cleantech Group for the 5th Year in a Row.  It has been an incredible journey over the years and we are once again honored to share the stage with notable winners and exceptional companies.

CEO Kathleen Ligocki takes the stage tomorrow morning, October 7 to share her path – from renaissance art and car manufacturing – toHarvest Power.

Thank you very much to The Cleantech Group for this honor.

Harvest Power at Food Waste Frontier at SXSW Eco

Food Waste FrontierEvery fall, eco-minded experts and community innovators get together at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas to share ideas, thoughts and discuss upcoming projects. This October, Harvest Power will be onstage with The Food Waste Frontierpanel moderated by NPR correspondent Eliza Barclay.

What if a key to America’s energy conundrum was something we’re currently throwing away? What if businesses, governments and activists motivated Americans to play a major role in providing a fuel source to create local, renewable energy? This session proposes an organics-to-energy model that is booming in Europe and is beginning to grow in North America. It’s no mystery why, as anaerobic digestion turns a potential problem – organic waste – into treasure. More specifically, it converts food waste and wastewater into renewable biogas and natural soil amendments.

The experts on stage include Paul Sellew (founder, Harvest Power) Jonathan Bloom (author, American Wasteland), Ron Gonen (Closed Loop Fund, former Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability NYC), and Elizabeth Meltz (Director of Food Safety & Sustainability, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group) to explore the integrated topics around the highest and best use for food waste in North America.

Follow the conversation on twitter at #foodwaste.  Here’s a sneak peak of the intro to the presentation:

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