Resource Waste: Sustainable Economic Opportunities
Washington Clean Technology Alliance Breakfast: Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann (CEO and Founder, Waste Recovery Seattle International LLC) and Damon M.K. Taam (System Manager, Spokane Regional Solid Waste System). Philipp and Damon will use real life examples, draw comparisons, and identify job potential that a revised waste management infrastructure will present. Active audience participation is welcome.
Philipp will present an overview of the waste industry and will talk about the economic opportunity that a revised/modernized solid waste management infrastructure will present for Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
Damon will then talk about a real working financial model: The Waste-to-Energy facility in Spokane. He will identify the economic and environmental benefits that Spokane has experienced and why this would be a suitable solution for West of the Cascades.
Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann, CEO & Founder, WRSI Consulting Group LLC. Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann, MBA, is an internationally recognized consultant and considered one of the leading authorities on waste management. Philipp's passion has had him working endlessly advocating the advancement of technological innovations in the field of waste management over the last thirteen years and the necessity to end landfilling, the least sustainable concept of untreated waste. He has been instrumental in developing collaborative partnerships with lobbyists, environmental groups along with key city, county, state, national, and international government officials. Philipp has been a pioneer in educating hundreds of audiences on resource recovery, how to navigate through the vast array of waste treatment technologies, long-term municipal planning, industry trends and focusing on the holistic picture to benefit the environment while dealing with waste. He is the founder of two start-up companies focused on developing renewable energy projects and advancing municipality's environmental objectives. www.resourcewaste.com
Damon M.K. Taam is the current contract manager for the city of Spokane and was the overseer of the regional waste-to-energy plant from the initial feasibility study to the design, construction and operations of the 800 ton/day facility and two transfer stations. In the 32 years he has worked for the City and County Damon has helped with the developing of an integrated solid waste management system including flow control, regional recycling, composting, litter control and commercial and household hazardous waste programs as well as closed two superfund landfill sites. Along with his current duties for the city, Damon also does private consultations in many international communities including China and New Zealand to assist in the design and construction of not only waste-to-energy facilities but also for the proper handling of other biomass products such as food waste, sludge and contaminated soil. Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, Damon earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Gonzaga University located in Spokane, WA. Damon Taam is married and has 3 grown kids and 3 grand kids that live in Port Orchard, WA.
King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert will present a statement efforts in King County to improve waste management.
UBS/Arbor Group Conference Room
925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98101
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