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2019 Agenda

February 25, 2019

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pre-event Kick-off Reception

 

Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Get a jumpstart on your networking Monday night from 5 to 7 pm with hosted cocktails and gourmet bites at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel.

February 26, 2019

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Symposium Welcome

 

Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

 

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Keynote

 

Senator Ben Hueso, Senate District 40*

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel 1 – RNG Regulation, Policy & Programs - What's on Deck for the 2019 Legislative Year?

 

Speakers

    • Moderator: Jena Price, Legislative Affairs Manager at California League of Conservation Voters & Partner at TrattenPrice Consulting
    • Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, CPUC
    • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins
    • Tim Carmichael, State Agency Relations Manager, Sempra Energy Utilities
    • Sam Wade, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Coalition of Renewable Natural Gas

 

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Break

10:10 AM - 10:35 AM

Stalled on the Hydrogen Highway : Roadblocks Causing Market Development Gridlock in California

 

Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

 

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

Panel 2 – Failure to Launch: Real-World Struggles of California Renewable Hydrogen Projects

 

Speakers

  • Moderator: Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center
  • Mike Silva, Chief Engineer, CR&R
  • Jay Hopper, Vice President of Business Development, Aria Energy

 

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM

Panel 3 – Beyond Transportation: How to Incentivize RNG for Residential and Business Customers

 

Speakers

  • Moderator: Tanya Peacock, Public Policy & Planning Manager, Southern California Gas Company

12:25 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Luncheon

 

Bill Zobel, Vice President: Business Development, Marketing & Customer Care, Trillium

 

1:15 PM - 1:35 PM

Luncheon Keynote

 

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Assembly District 4*

 

1:35 PM - 2:25 PM

Panel 4 – Strategies to Encourage Private Investments in California Renewable Gas Projects

 

Speakers

    • Moderator: Mittal Monani, Senior Trader – Emissions, Direct Energy*
    • Ben Vitale, Partner, Equilibrium*
    • Aaron Ratner, Managing Director, Ultra Capital
    • Mary Solecki, Partner, AJW

2:25 PM - 2:35 PM

Break

2:35 PM - 2:55 PM

Afternoon Keynote

 

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Assembly District 62*

 

2:55 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel 5 – SB 1383 Implementation: Navigating the Municipal Procurement Requirement for Renewable Byproducts of Commercial Food Waste

3:45 PM - 4:35 PM

Panel 6 – Latest Moo-vement on Dairy Digester Development

 

Speakers

      • Moderator: Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors
      • Floyd Vergara, Chief of Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board*
      • Shiraz Gil, Deputy Executive Officer, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District*

     

 

4:35 PM - 5:15 PM

ARB Closing Keynote

 

Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resource Board*

 

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

February 27, 2019

TBD

Off-site Tour

Location and time to be announced

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* Invited Speaker

2019 Featured Speakers

Clifford Rechtschaffen

Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

see full bio

Clifford Rechtschaffen was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2017. At the CPUC his key areas of interest include decarbonization, safety, environmental justice, and enforcement. Commissioner Rechtschaffen is the assigned Commissioner on several safety and emergency response proceedings, the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) proceeding, several proceedings involving biomethane, and the Energy Savings Assistance program that provides efficiency programs for low income consumers.

Commissioner Rechtschaffen also has been spearheading several internal agency initiatives, including the development of an Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan with Commissioner Guzman Aceves; the development of a more uniform and formal CPUC enforcement policy with President Picker, and with Commissioner Randolph on the Policy and Governance Committee, an effort to make CPUC proceedings more accessible to the public.

Commissioner Rechtschaffen serves as the CPUC representative on the Low Income Oversight Board and one of two Commissioners on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. Commissioner Rechtschaffen is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University.

Kip Lipper

Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, Office of CA Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins

see full bio

Kip Lipper is chief policy advisor on energy, natural resources, and the environment to California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins. Lipper has worked in the California Legislature for over 38 years under various senate and assembly members and as consultant for various committees.

Lipper has drafted and analyzed legislation on a broad array of environmental matters, including the state’s landmark Renewable Portfolio Standard, energy conservation, electric vehicles, public interest energy research, and energy-agency reorganization and reforms.

Lipper was the lead Senate staffer on the drafting of AB 32, as well as on companion landmark legislation establishing the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission performance standard for energy generation (SB 1368–Perata). He has been deeply involved in the implementation of GHG laws passed and enacted by the CA Legislature. His extensive experience in these matters has lead him to participate as a guest lecturer on environmental and energy legislation at the Stanford University Law School, Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) Law School, King Hall (UC Davis) Law School, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), UCSD, and at CA State University Sacramento.

Jena Price

Legislative Affairs Manager at California League of Conservation Voters & Partner at TrattenPrice Consulting,

see full bio

Jena Price is a Partner at TrattenPrice Consulting, a firm focused on representing environmental, consumer protection and social justice focused clientele. Prior to opening up a firm with her partner, Price served as the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) legislative affairs manager where she advocated for a broad suite of environmental and environmental justice issues.

Prior to coming on board at CLCV, she was the Legislative Director at California’s longest running environmental non-profit, the Planning and Conservation League. During her time there, she worked closely with the Executive Director and members of the legislature to protect one of California’s keystone environmental laws, CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) as well as working on legislation pertaining to water, land use, and environmental health.

Before moving back to Sacramento, Price worked with Local Governments for Sustainability, helping local governments to reach the 2020 reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). Price attended San Francisco State University, receiving a degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in California Environmental Policy.

Floyd Vergara

Chief of Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board

see full bio

Floyd Vergara is chief of the industrial strategies division at the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Vergara oversees several of ARB’s key climate change and air quality regulatory programs, including Cap-and-Trade, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, conventional fuels regulations, energy sector programs, and oil and gas production measures.

Vergara has been at ARB for over 27 years developing regulations on transportation fuels, advanced clean cars, oceangoing vessels, and other mobile or stationary sources. Vergara received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from U.C. Berkeley, his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and is licensed to practice in California as a professional engineer and lawyer.

Tanya Peacock

Manager, Public Policy and Planning, SoCal Gas

see full bio

Tanya Peacock has extensive experience in energy and environmental policy development and implementation. In her current role managing the Public Policy and Planning team for Southern California Gas Company, Peacock is responsible for federal, state, and local legislative analysis, local and regional planning, development of outreach and communications strategies, and climate and renewable gas policy development.

In previous roles at SoCalGas, Peacock has managed policy development and implementation of California’s carbon market (Cap and Trade), led the rate design group, managed participation in interstate pipeline rate cases at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and developed energy efficiency programs.

Peacock is on the Board of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, the California Hydrogen Business Council and MoveLA. Peacock is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the LA regional chapter of the State’s Assessment of Climate Change Impacts. Peacock holds a Bachelor of Arts in english literature from Mills College and a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Cornell University.

Jack Brouwer

Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

see full bio

Through Dr. Jack Brouwer’s leadership, the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and the Advanced Power and Energy Program are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets.  Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.  Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

William Zobel

Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Trillium

see full bio

William (Will) Zobel is vice president of business development and marketing for Trillium.  Trillium designs, builds, owns and operates a network of alternative refueling stations across the US serving the CNG/RNG, EV and the Hydrogen vehicle markets. Zobel has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities.  Before Trillium joined the Love’s family of companies in 2016, Zobel managed market development and strategy for Trillium as part of the Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) and the Integrys Energy Group. Zobel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC), and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership.  Previously, Zobel served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for CalStart, and has served on the Board of Directors for Natural Gas Vehicles America (NGVA), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA), the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, and the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Zobel is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from California State University Long Beach.

George Minter

Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

see full bio

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He leads the company’s public affairs, environmental and energy policy, community relations, and media and employee communications efforts.

Mr. Minter is a long-time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental affairs, policy development, communications and political advocacy. Before re-joining SoCalGas in 2013, Mr. Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM/Public Affairs. There he managed strategic communications programs and public policy initiatives to approve large land use and energy projects. Prior to that, he was the director of public affairs for SoCalGas.

Mr. Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association and of the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

Michael Silva

Project Manager & Civil Engineer, CR&R

see full bio

Michael Silva is a project manager and civil engineer for CR&R. Silva has more than thirty years of senior-level solid waste management experience with responsibility for increasing revenues, efficiencies, and profits while maximizing customer service, safety, and employee morale. Silva’s expertise is in technology development and construction management.  Silva’s team developed the three-cart fully automated collection system for the City of Temecula, which has since become the “gold standard.” Silva also helped design and construct the first solid waste processing facility in the country in 1992, and has since built several transfer stations and material recovery facilities. Currently in charge of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion projects, he is overseeing the building of the largest anaerobic digestion plant in the country, which will handle some 335,000 tons per year and generate in excess of 4 million gallons of renewable carbon-negative fuel. Silva earned Bachelor of Science degrees (cum laude) in both civil engineering and engineering management from the University of the Pacific, and earned a Master of Science in civil engineering (construction management / geotechnical) from Stanford University.

Michael Boccadoro

President, West Coast Advisors

see full bio

Michael Boccadoro, executive director of Dairy Cares and president of West Coast Advisors, has worked for more than 30 years in the public affairs arena. As president of West Coast Advisors, Boccadoro is responsible for overseeing the firm’s public affairs and government relations practices. Boccadoro also serves as executive director of the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association.

Boccadoro also specializes in public affairs consulting and media relations. Boccadoro has distinctive expertise in the areas of environmental regulation and sustainability, developing positive working relationships with key regulatory officials, staff, and media representatives involved in these arenas.

Boccadoro received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis.

Aaron Ratner

Managing Director, Ultra Capital

see full bio

Aaron Ratner has over 20 years of international investment, advisory and development experience focusing on technology, energy, waste and agriculture. Ratner received his MsM at Stanford University and his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sam Wade

Director of Regulatory Affairs, Coalition of Renewable Natural Gas

see full bio

Sam Wade serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Coalition of Renewable Natural Gas. Previously, Wade was the Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board where he oversaw rule development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major Californian utility and time with a bioenergy start‐up. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from U.C. Davis, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s of Public Administration in environmental science and policy from Columbia University.

Johannes Escudero

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

see full bio

Johannes D. Escudero is the founder and chief executive officer of the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas, Inc. (RNG Coalition). The RNG Coalition provides the public policy platform and advocacy and education voice for the renewable natural gas industry in North America. Through effective advocacy and education, the RNG Coalition has successfully expanded and created new RNG markets at the federal, state, provincial and local government levels in the United States and Canada.

Escudero has more than fifteen years of organizational leadership and business development experience, with a diverse background in consulting, nonprofit management, higher education, politics, governmental, legislative and regulatory affairs.

Prior to leaving to found the RNG Coalition, Escudero served as legislative director in California’s State Assembly, serving ranking members of the Budget, Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources and Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committees.

Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

see full bio

Mr. Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over twenty-two years, he has been local, state, and national leader in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems.

Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods. He has used his knowledge and experience to develop and implement clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs.

Mr. Gladstein is on the board of the Bioenergy Association of California, Chairs the Education Fund of the California League of Conservation Voters, and teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. He has been an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Rethink Methane Symposium 2019 Speakers:

Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Clifford Rechtschaffen was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2017. At the CPUC his key areas of interest include decarbonization, safety, environmental justice, and enforcement. Commissioner Rechtschaffen is the assigned Commissioner on several safety and emergency response proceedings, the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) proceeding, several proceedings involving biomethane, and the Energy Savings Assistance program that provides efficiency programs for low income consumers.

Commissioner Rechtschaffen also has been spearheading several internal agency initiatives, including the development of an Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan with Commissioner Guzman Aceves; the development of a more uniform and formal CPUC enforcement policy with President Picker, and with Commissioner Randolph on the Policy and Governance Committee, an effort to make CPUC proceedings more accessible to the public.

Commissioner Rechtschaffen serves as the CPUC representative on the Low Income Oversight Board and one of two Commissioners on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. Commissioner Rechtschaffen is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University.

Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, Office of CA Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins

Kip Lipper is chief policy advisor on energy, natural resources, and the environment to California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins. Lipper has worked in the California Legislature for over 38 years under various senate and assembly members and as consultant for various committees.

Lipper has drafted and analyzed legislation on a broad array of environmental matters, including the state’s landmark Renewable Portfolio Standard, energy conservation, electric vehicles, public interest energy research, and energy-agency reorganization and reforms.

Lipper was the lead Senate staffer on the drafting of AB 32, as well as on companion landmark legislation establishing the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission performance standard for energy generation (SB 1368–Perata). He has been deeply involved in the implementation of GHG laws passed and enacted by the CA Legislature. His extensive experience in these matters has lead him to participate as a guest lecturer on environmental and energy legislation at the Stanford University Law School, Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) Law School, King Hall (UC Davis) Law School, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), UCSD, and at CA State University Sacramento.

Jena Price, Legislative Affairs Manager at California League of Conservation Voters & Partner at TrattenPrice Consulting,

Jena Price is a Partner at TrattenPrice Consulting, a firm focused on representing environmental, consumer protection and social justice focused clientele. Prior to opening up a firm with her partner, Price served as the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) legislative affairs manager where she advocated for a broad suite of environmental and environmental justice issues.

Prior to coming on board at CLCV, she was the Legislative Director at California’s longest running environmental non-profit, the Planning and Conservation League. During her time there, she worked closely with the Executive Director and members of the legislature to protect one of California’s keystone environmental laws, CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) as well as working on legislation pertaining to water, land use, and environmental health.

Before moving back to Sacramento, Price worked with Local Governments for Sustainability, helping local governments to reach the 2020 reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). Price attended San Francisco State University, receiving a degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in California Environmental Policy.

Floyd Vergara, Chief of Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board

Floyd Vergara is chief of the industrial strategies division at the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Vergara oversees several of ARB’s key climate change and air quality regulatory programs, including Cap-and-Trade, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, conventional fuels regulations, energy sector programs, and oil and gas production measures.

Vergara has been at ARB for over 27 years developing regulations on transportation fuels, advanced clean cars, oceangoing vessels, and other mobile or stationary sources. Vergara received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from U.C. Berkeley, his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and is licensed to practice in California as a professional engineer and lawyer.

Tanya Peacock, Manager, Public Policy and Planning, SoCal Gas

Tanya Peacock has extensive experience in energy and environmental policy development and implementation. In her current role managing the Public Policy and Planning team for Southern California Gas Company, Peacock is responsible for federal, state, and local legislative analysis, local and regional planning, development of outreach and communications strategies, and climate and renewable gas policy development.

In previous roles at SoCalGas, Peacock has managed policy development and implementation of California’s carbon market (Cap and Trade), led the rate design group, managed participation in interstate pipeline rate cases at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and developed energy efficiency programs.

Peacock is on the Board of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, the California Hydrogen Business Council and MoveLA. Peacock is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the LA regional chapter of the State’s Assessment of Climate Change Impacts. Peacock holds a Bachelor of Arts in english literature from Mills College and a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Cornell University.

Jack Brouwer, Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

Through Dr. Jack Brouwer’s leadership, the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and the Advanced Power and Energy Program are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets.  Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.  Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

William Zobel, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Trillium

William (Will) Zobel is vice president of business development and marketing for Trillium.  Trillium designs, builds, owns and operates a network of alternative refueling stations across the US serving the CNG/RNG, EV and the Hydrogen vehicle markets. Zobel has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities.  Before Trillium joined the Love’s family of companies in 2016, Zobel managed market development and strategy for Trillium as part of the Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) and the Integrys Energy Group. Zobel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC), and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership.  Previously, Zobel served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for CalStart, and has served on the Board of Directors for Natural Gas Vehicles America (NGVA), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA), the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, and the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Zobel is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from California State University Long Beach.

George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He leads the company’s public affairs, environmental and energy policy, community relations, and media and employee communications efforts.

Mr. Minter is a long-time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental affairs, policy development, communications and political advocacy. Before re-joining SoCalGas in 2013, Mr. Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM/Public Affairs. There he managed strategic communications programs and public policy initiatives to approve large land use and energy projects. Prior to that, he was the director of public affairs for SoCalGas.

Mr. Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association and of the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

Michael Silva, Project Manager & Civil Engineer, CR&R

Michael Silva is a project manager and civil engineer for CR&R. Silva has more than thirty years of senior-level solid waste management experience with responsibility for increasing revenues, efficiencies, and profits while maximizing customer service, safety, and employee morale. Silva’s expertise is in technology development and construction management.  Silva’s team developed the three-cart fully automated collection system for the City of Temecula, which has since become the “gold standard.” Silva also helped design and construct the first solid waste processing facility in the country in 1992, and has since built several transfer stations and material recovery facilities. Currently in charge of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion projects, he is overseeing the building of the largest anaerobic digestion plant in the country, which will handle some 335,000 tons per year and generate in excess of 4 million gallons of renewable carbon-negative fuel. Silva earned Bachelor of Science degrees (cum laude) in both civil engineering and engineering management from the University of the Pacific, and earned a Master of Science in civil engineering (construction management / geotechnical) from Stanford University.

Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors

Michael Boccadoro, executive director of Dairy Cares and president of West Coast Advisors, has worked for more than 30 years in the public affairs arena. As president of West Coast Advisors, Boccadoro is responsible for overseeing the firm’s public affairs and government relations practices. Boccadoro also serves as executive director of the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association.

Boccadoro also specializes in public affairs consulting and media relations. Boccadoro has distinctive expertise in the areas of environmental regulation and sustainability, developing positive working relationships with key regulatory officials, staff, and media representatives involved in these arenas.

Boccadoro received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis.

Aaron Ratner, Managing Director, Ultra Capital

Aaron Ratner has over 20 years of international investment, advisory and development experience focusing on technology, energy, waste and agriculture. Ratner received his MsM at Stanford University and his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sam Wade, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Coalition of Renewable Natural Gas

Sam Wade serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Coalition of Renewable Natural Gas. Previously, Wade was the Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board where he oversaw rule development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major Californian utility and time with a bioenergy start‐up. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from U.C. Davis, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s of Public Administration in environmental science and policy from Columbia University.

Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

Johannes D. Escudero is the founder and chief executive officer of the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas, Inc. (RNG Coalition). The RNG Coalition provides the public policy platform and advocacy and education voice for the renewable natural gas industry in North America. Through effective advocacy and education, the RNG Coalition has successfully expanded and created new RNG markets at the federal, state, provincial and local government levels in the United States and Canada.

Escudero has more than fifteen years of organizational leadership and business development experience, with a diverse background in consulting, nonprofit management, higher education, politics, governmental, legislative and regulatory affairs.

Prior to leaving to found the RNG Coalition, Escudero served as legislative director in California’s State Assembly, serving ranking members of the Budget, Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources and Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committees.

Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

Mr. Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over twenty-two years, he has been local, state, and national leader in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems.

Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods. He has used his knowledge and experience to develop and implement clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs.

Mr. Gladstein is on the board of the Bioenergy Association of California, Chairs the Education Fund of the California League of Conservation Voters, and teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. He has been an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Sacramento Convention Center
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Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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Discounted Rate: $256/night (not including taxes & fees), includes complimentary guest room internet.
Discounted rates are available until January 25th, 2019 or until block is sold out, whichever comes first.

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6900 Airport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95837

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