The WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee (RBC) shall develop, recommend, and assist in conducting programs to provide information regarding management options, regulatory compliance and current practices for residuals and biosolids.

The Residuals and Biosolid Committee (RBC) develops and promotes cost-effective practices and policies in biosolids and energy technologies associated with municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastewater residuals for the protection of the environment.

RBC supports scientifically sound and environmentally friendly regulatory practices and policies to improve and standardize carbon emission accounting and tracking practices while promoting cooperation between government agencies, associations, corporations and the public.

RBC advances the industry through recruiting, mentoring, and developing the residuals and biosolids profession.

RBC educates the members, public and policy makers on residuals and biosolids issues through the development of practices and services that assist WEF members in serving the public interest regarding scientifically sound residuals and biosolids environmental practices and regulation.

To apply to this committee, please go to [email protected] and send an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • WEF ID Number
  • Committee of Interest
  • A short explanation of why you would like to join this committee (1 – 2 sentences).

Additional Resources
Residuals and Biosolids Committee Plan
National Biosolids Partnership
WEFCOM
  

 

  

Chair
Karri Ving, 2021 - 2023
Tel:  415-676-1890
Email:  [email protected]

Vice-Chairs
Dru Whitlock, 2021 - 2023
Tel:  801-617-3328
Email:  [email protected] 

Natalie Sierra, 2021 - 2023
Tel: (650) 533-3892
Email:  [email protected]

Staff Manager
Maile Lono-Batura
Tel: (206) 395-8585
Email:  [email protected]

Bioenergy Technology Subcommittee

Mission:  

The Bioenergy Technology Subcommittee promotes biosolids and energy technologies associated with municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastewater residuals to sustain a healthy environment.

Goals: 

  • To promote bioenergy technologies, both in image and use
  • To become the information source for bioenergy technologies
  • To be a recognized impartial resource for the public, public officials, and utilities
  • To be a technical resource for bioenergy regulations development

 Technology Task Force Activities:

  • Biofuels
  • High Performance Digestion
  • Thermal Drying
  • Thermal Oxidation and High Temperature (Pyrolysis, Gasification)
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Co-Digestion
  • Funding

Recent releases:  


CHAIR

Dave Baran, 2021-2023
Energy Power Partners
Email: [email protected]

 

VICE CHAIR

Mandy Sheposh2021-2023
Johnson Controls
Email:[email protected]

 

STAFF MANAGER

Maile Lono-Batura
Phone: (206)-395-8585
Email:  [email protected]

Greenhouse Gas Subcommittee

The mission of the Greenhouse Gas Subcommittee of the Residuals and Biosolids Committee is act as a clearing house for information on carbon emission accounting and to identify additional industry research needs as follows:

Mission: 

  • Promote scientifically sound carbon emission tracking and accounting practices and regulation.
  • Help develop and promote carbon emission accounting practices and policies that assist WEF members in serving the public interest
  • To promote cooperation between government agencies, associations, corporations and the public to improve and standardize carbon emission accounting and tracking practices.
  • Deliver high-quality products and services to our members and stakeholders.

Goals:  

  • Track carbon emission research and sharing relevant information from regional, national, and international organizations with the Carbon Emissions Sub-Committee and RBC
  • Identify information “gaps” in GHG inventory models that may be addressed through WERF studies
  • Coordinate with other organizations with similar interests, including the WEF Sustainability Community of Practice and the NACWA – Biosolids Management and Climate & Energy Committee
  • Coordinate with The Climate Registry and ICLEI on potential modifications to the Local Government Operations Protocol 
  • Sponsor, organize, and participate in carbon emission accounting information sharing opportunities such as workshops and presentations at the local, regional, and national level.
  • Become a technical resource for carbon emissions tracking and accounting information

Factsheets:

CHAIR

David Ponder 2022-2024
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
2400 Childs Road
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 000-0000
[email protected]

 

VICE CHAIR

Emma Shen 2022-2024
Jacobs
245 Consumers Road, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M2J IRC Canada
+1 (437) 780 2520
[email protected]

 

STAFF MANAGER

Maile Lono-Batura
Phone: (206) 395-8585
[email protected]

Association of Biosolids and Byproducts Associations (ABBA) Subcommittee

 

Association of Biosolids and Byproducts Associations (ABBA) Subcommittee:

Mission

To enable efficient exchange of residuals and biosolids management information in all the regions/states/provinces in the U. S. and Canada with various biosolids groups.

CHAIR

Ryan Batjiaka
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Resource Recovery
[email protected]

 

STAFF MANAGER

Mahia Qureshi
[email protected]

Biosolids Products Use and Communication Subcommittee

Mission:

  • To promote the beneficial reuse of Animal, Municipal, and Industrial residuals through scientific and environmentally sound management.
  • To promote mutually beneficial relationships between agricultural, industrial, and municipal residuals generators to solve common problems without increased use of resources.
  • To promote cooperation between government agencies, associations, corporations and the public to improve professional education and the management of agricultural, industrial, and municipal residuals.


Goals:

  • To identify stakeholders key to the beneficial reuse of residuals.
  • To identify common needs, expectations, and opportunities between stakeholders.
  • To identify existing association meetings, conferences, seminars sharing information on the beneficial reuse of residuals.
  • To facilitate workshops and conferences to promote beneficial use of residuals.
  • To identify financial resources to facilitate beneficial reuse of residuals.

Technical Resources:

CHAIR

Dominic Brose, 2020-2022
Senior Environmental Research Scientist
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
6001 West Pershing Road
Cicero, IL 60804
Tel: 708-588-3134
[email protected]


VICE CHAIR

TBD


STAFF MANAGER

Mahia Qureshi
[email protected]

RBC Specialty Conference Subcommittee

The Specialty Conference Subcommittee assists in the planning and implementation of the annual Residuals Management Conference.

CHAIR

Kathryn Crestani
Enterprise Biosolids and Residuals Superintendent 
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
600 Canal Road
Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio 44125
[email protected]

VICE CHAIR

Alex Kraemer
Product Manager 
Thermal Process Systems Inc.
627 East 110th Ave
Crown Point, Indiana 46307
[email protected]

 

WEF Staff Conference Contact

Julianne Jones
Tel: 703-684-2400 ext 7610
[email protected]

Solids Separation Subcommittee

Mission:

To promote solids thickening and dewatering knowledge transfer through collaboration between the industry and academia to optimize processes and develop technologies that meet the needs of biosolids handling facilities.

 

Goals:

  • To strengthen synergies between academia and the industry
  • To promote and advance “real world” application of scientifically sound thickening and dewatering research.
  • To become a thickening and dewatering technical resource for the public, municipalities, consultants and manufacturers.

Dewatering Factsheet Series:

CHAIR

Ed Fritz, 2022 - 2024
Operators Unlimited, Inc
Tel:  864.228.1131
Email:  [email protected] 

 

VICE CHAIR

Natalia Perez, 2022 - 2024
NYC Department of Environmental Protection 
Tel:  347.971.1322
Email:    [email protected] 

 

STAFF MANAGER

Mahia Qureshi
Email:  [email protected]

Young Professionals Subcommittee

Mission:

The RBC YP Subcommittee mission is to facilitate the exchange of ideas & knowledge in a multi-generational space by engaging students and young professionals to promote effective collaboration, develop original technical content, and network across WEF’s other YP committees.

Goals

  • To promote transfer of knowledge to WEF YP professionals on solids treatment at the student, graduate student, and junior engineer level
  • To facilitate curriculum development in environmental engineering programs in the field of Residuals and Biosolids
  • Promote YP involvement in the RBC Leadership, Subcommittees, local Member Associations, Student Chapters and social gatherings
  • Expose RBC Committee membership to new, alternative communication options and enable leveraging of those options for Committee business
  • To facilitate community within the biosolids practice group.

CHAIR

Sarah Guzman, 2022 - 2023
Black & Veatch
Email:  [email protected]

 

VICE CHAIR

Carolyn Christy, 2022 - 2023
RDP Technologies Inc. 
Email: [email protected]

 

STAFF MANAGER

Mahia Qureshi
Email:  [email protected]

National Biosolids Partnership Subcommittee

Mission:

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) advances environmentally sound biosolids management practices, serves as the information clearinghouse on effective biosolids practices, as well as technical assistance, and offers an EMS-based certification program that requires participating organizations to go beyond regulatory requirements.

Purpose:

The NBP Biosolids Management Program provides training and support to help biosolids management organizations ensure that their programs are environmentally sound and protective of public health. The NBP encourages all biosolids management organizations — small, medium, and large — and whatever biosolids treatment and management option is used to participate in the program. Organizations have the option either to develop an audit-ready program or to pursue certification.

CHAIR

Dan Collins
[email protected]

VICE CHAIR

Emma Larson
[email protected]

STAFF MANAGER
[email protected]