Every 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.