2018 EEC/WTERT Bi-Annual Conference

Sustainable Waste Management: The Forefront of Innovation

October 4th & 5th, 2018

The City College of New York

Hosted by EEC|CCNY

P: (212) 650-6679    F: (212) 650-7900

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10/04/2018 09:00 AM
10/05/2018 12:00 PM
2018 EEC/WTERT Bi-Annual Conference
Sustainable Waste Management: The Forefront of Innovation
The Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York


Unless otherwise stated, all sessions will take place at the Grove School of Engineering in Steinman Hall, Room ST-161.


Light Breakfast: 08.30 – 09.00 (in GSOE Exhibit Room)

Session 1: 09.00 – 11.00

Opening Plenary

  • Professor Marco J. Castaldi – CCNY (welcome)
  • Dean Rosemarie Wesson - CCNY (welcome)
  • Cristina Garcia – Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Henrietta Goddard – Research Analyst, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Commissioner Kathryn Garcia – Department of Sanitation of New York
  • Paul Davison – Managing Director, Proteus Communications Group, UK

Break: 11.00 - 11.15

Session 2: 11.15 – 12.30

  • Building the future of waste and recycling.
    • Mallory Szczepanski – Editorial Director, Waste360
  • Waste flow methodology.
    • Demetra Tsiamis – Associate Director, EEC|CCNY
  • Creating a circular economy for post-use plastics in the USA.
    • Craig Cookson – Senior Director, Recycling & Energy Recovery, American Chemistry Council
  • An infrastructural commons: sustainable waste management and multiple use facilities.
    • Prof. Hillary Brown – Director, CCNY Interdisciplinary Urban Sustainability Program

Lunch: 12.45 – 13.30 (in CCNY Faculty Dining Room)

Session 3: 13.30 – 15.30

  • Trash to treasure: climate and community benefits from sustainable resource recovery in upstate New York.
    • Dereth Glance, Executive Director, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency
  • Co-combustion of calorific solid waste and wet sludge in a fluidised bed: Flanders as a model for New York.
    • Prof. Carlo Vandecasteele – University of Leuven, Belgium
  • How CNIM designs state of the art automation for Material-from-Waste or Energy-from-Waste modern facilities?
    • Christophe Cord’Homme – Development Director, Environment and Renewable Energies Sector, CNIM Group
  • French perspective on waste management and valorization.
    • Distinguished Prof. Ange Nzihou – Ecole des Mines/University of Toulouse, France
  • Emerging approaches for Waste-to-Energy – Potential of innovative technologies and synergies.
    • Dr. Ralf Koralewska, R&D / Technology Director, MARTIN GmbH
  • A case study of gasification CHP in northern Italy in the European context and comparison to traditional combustion systems.
    • Prof. Marco Baratieri – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Break 15.30 – 15.45

Session 4: 15.45 – 17.00

  • Energy Recovery in Resource Recovery Parks.
    • Steve Simmons – Senior Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
  • Chilean perspective on waste management and recent actions taken.
    • Prof. Alex Godoy – University of Santiago, Chile
  • Opportunities for the utilization of forest residues combined with PtX in Quebec and in Canada.
    • Prof. Jean-Michel Lavoie – University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  • EEC|CCNY Activities.
    • Prof. Marco J. Castaldi – Director, EEC|CCNY

Session 5: 17.00 – 18.00 (in GSOE Exhibit Room)

  • Poster Session & Cocktail Hour

Gala Dinner: 18.20 – 21.00 (in Shepard Hall, Room SH-250)

  • ASME Award Program
  • ASME MER / Research Committee 50 Year Anniversary Tribute - Tony Licata
  • Presentation of the Conference Award


Light Breakfast: 08.30 – 09.00 (in GSOE Exhibit Room)

Session 6: 09.00 – 10.30

  • A brief introduction to the Global WtERT Council (GWC).
    • Prof. Nickolas ThemelisGWC Chair
  • 2017-18 activities of the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University.
    • Prof. A.C. (Thanos) BourtsalasColumbia University
  • Progress of WTE technologies in China.
    • Prof. Qunxing HuangZhejiang University, China
  • Waste and resources management systems performance in megacities around the World.
    • Prof. Costas Velis –  University of Leeds, UK
  •  State of WTE Industry in North America.
    • Bruce Howie, P.E., Vice President, Professional Associate, HDR Inc.

Break: 10.30 – 11.00

Session 7: 11.0012.00

  • Movement toward circular economy and E.U. waste management regulation.
    • Prof. Maria LoizidouNational Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Need for sustainable waste management in Colombia.
    • Enrique Posada RestrepoPresident, WtERT/Colombia
  • Applications of the 3T Method as an efficiency assessment tool for Waste-to-Energy facilities and numerical comparisons with the R1 Formula.
    • Prof. Stergios Vakalis – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Wrap-up: 12.00 – 12.30

Registration Information

Categories Advance (until Sept. 10th) Regular (after Sept. 10th)
Professionals $300 $350
Students $30 $30
Governmental Employees $200 $200
  • Student packages do not include the Gala Dinner.
  • Students must provide a valid and current student ID.
  • Payment must be received before September 10th for early registration.

Online Registration is now closed. On-site registration is available at the conference location.

Payment Method 1: CHECK made to EEC|CCNY. There will be no processing fee if "EEC|CCNY/Conference" is written in the memo.

Payment Method 2: CREDIT CARD. Follow this link.

Guest Parking in the Area near CCNY

Parking on Campus is not possible because of the time of the semester.  You will find some options if you Google "PARKING NEAR THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK".  You can also try Parkwhiz.com or Parkme.com.  We do not endorse any particular lot.


Yes, but make sure you check and obey all of the parking restrictions which are posted on pole mounted signs. You can get additional information by going to the NYC Department of Transportation official Street Map: www.nycdot.info.  The interactive map shows parking restrictions street by street.”

Hotel Information

Accommodations are available at government rates. Please fill and present this form to the hotels listed below.


2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027, United States | (212) 749-4000


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ASME Material and Energy Recovery Division
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
HDR, Inc.
The City College of New York
The Grove School of Engineering - CCNY