Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Indian Wells, California

Schedule At-A-Glance

Sunday, February 11, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sunday Welcome Reception
Grand Salon Ballroom

Monday, February 12, 2018

7:00 am –
Registration Opens

7:30 to 8:45 am
Continental Breakfast

8:45 to 10:00 am –
Welcome & Keynote
Keynote Speaker:  Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

10:00 am to 10:30 pm –
Coffee Break

10:30 am to 12:00 pm –
Session One

Track A

Leachate Characterization

Track B

Landfill Design - Structural Stability

Track C

Anaerobic Digestion

Moderator: Kevin Torrens, Brown & Caldwell

Moderator: Steven Menoff, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Moderator: Mort Barlaz, North Carolina State University

State of Practice of Leachate Management & Treatment in the U.S.

  • Bryan Staley and Stephanie Bolyard, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Do We Need to Re-Evaluate Our Landfill Slope Stability Analyses to Account for the Changing Waste Stream

  • Eric Chiado, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

High Solid Anaerobic Co-digestion of Food and Yard Wastes with Biosolids for Biogas Production

  • Eunyoung Lee, Department of Civil & Evironmental Engineering, University of South Florida

Characterization of UV Quenching Substances in Waste Liquids from ETLFs and its Implication

  • Renzun Zhao, Lamar Univ.

Design and Construction of Reinforced Soil Structures Using Solid Utility Waste as Backfill Material

  • Marco Isola, Maccaferri, Inc. 

Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Project: A Case Study

  • Amy Knight, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Effect of Food Waste Diversion on Leachate Quality

  • Florentino de la Cruz, North Carolina State University  

Facilitating Landfill Cell Construction below the Groundwater Table in Central Florida using a Vertical Cutoff Wall

  • Tobin McKnight, Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. 

Co-Digestion and AD Alternatives for Waste Management in Buenos Aires

  • Rodrigo Pontiggia, Maria Cielo Lorenzo, Iris Cortez, Melisa Altina, Ignacio Varde (Benito Roggio Ambiental) and James Law (SCS Engineers) 

A Chemical Characterization of Landfill Leachate:  Leachate Organic Matter Compositional Variations

  • Stephanie Bolyard, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Microbial Population Development during the Anaerobic Decomposition of Food Waste

  • Morton Barlaz, North Carolina State University  

12:00 to 2:00 pm –
Lunch & Poster Viewing
Lunch Speaker:  Michael E. Hoffman, Managing Director-Group Head Diversified Industrials, Stifel

2:00  to 3:30 pm –
Session Two

Track A

Solid Waste Data/Informatics

Track B

Elevated Temperature Landfills

Track C

Coal Combustion Residuals I

Moderator: Jon Powell, Yale University

Moderator: Greg Cekander, Waste Management Inc.

Moderator: Milind Khire, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Solid Waste Generation and Composition: The Evolving Ton

  • Kim Smith,  State University of New York-Stony Brook 

Case Study of a Florida Elevated Temperature Landfill

  • Debra Reinhart, University of Central Florida

Technical Update on Brine Encapsulation R&D

  • Kirk Ellison, Electric Power Research Institute 

Waste Informatics: Establishing and Characterizing Contemporary Landfill Quantities and Practices in the U.S

  • Jon Powell, Yale University

Impacts of Temperature on Waste Stabilization

  • Paul Van Geel, Carleton University

A Thermodynamics-Based Protocol for Assessing the Suitability of Geopolymer Formulations for Solidifying/stabilizing Coal Combustion Residues

  • Monday Okoronkwo,  University of California-Los Angeles

Accounting for Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste in the United States: A Triangulation Approach

  • Jonathan Krones, Yale University

Heat Generation and Heat Transfer in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills Using Geothermal Modeling

  • Terry Johnson, Waste Management

Coal Ash Landfill Leachate Impacts at a ZLD Power Plant

  • Ivan Cooper, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Impact of Methodology and Assumptions on MSW Estimates

  • Bryan Staley and Debra Kantner, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Heat Generation and Accumulation in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

  • Morton Barlaz, North Carolina State University  

Mineralogy Optimization for Metal and Halide Immobilization in Co-disposed Flue Gas Desulfurization Brines and Bituminous Coal Fly Ash 

  • Wenlong Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology

3:30 to 4:00 pm  –
Coffee Break

4:00 to 5:30 pm –
Session Three

Track A

Landfill Emissions I

Track B

Characterizing Elevated Temperature Landfills

Track C

Waste Management Planning

Moderator: Garth Bowers, Cornerstone Engineering

Moderator: Bryan Staley, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Moderator: Bob Gardner, SCS Engineers

Diurnal Variations of Landfill Methane Emissions

  • Madjid Delkash,  University of Delaware

Evaluating Landfill Liquids as Pre-Cursors to Predict Elevated Temperature Conditions

  • Michael Caldwell, Waste Management

Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Waste Management Strategies on Small Islands: The Case of Kinmen, Taiwan

  • Hsin-Tien Lin, Kyoto University

Atmospheric Modeling to Assess Wind Dependence in Tracer Dilution Method Measurements of Landfill Methane Emissions

  • Paul Imhoff, University of Delaware

Characterization of Thermophilic Waste Decomposition at a Landfill Experiencing Elevated Temperatures

  • Florentino de la Cruz, North Carolina State University

Scenario Modeling: A Technique for Conducting Sensitivity Analysis of Life Cycle Costs for Solid Waste Management Systems

  • Robert Gardner, SCS Engineers

Prospect for Drone-Based Methane Mapping for Quantitative Whole Landfill Emissions and Surface Monitoring

  • Pete Roos, Bridger Photonics, Inc.

Pyrolytic Reactions in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills: Theory, Experiment and Connection to Field Observations

  • Marco Castaldi, City University of New York  

Creating Sustainable, Cost-Effective, and Equitable Waste-Management Programs in Maine Communities

  • Ronald Deprez, Public Health Research Institute, Inc.

Surface Emissions Monitoring at the City of Vancouver Landfill

  • Lynn Belanger, Don Darrach, City of Vancover (Canada) Colin Wong, Golder Associates (Canada)

Predicting the Service Life of Geomembranes under Elevated Temperatures

  • Timothy Stark, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Life Cycle Modeling for Future Solid Waste Management Planning

  • James Levis, North Carolina State University

5:30 to 7:00 pm –
Reception & Poster Viewing

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

7:00 to 8:15 am –
Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 10:00 am –
Session Four

Track A

Leachate Disposal at POTWs

Track B

Recycling & Diversion

Track C

Closure/Post Closure

Moderator: Terry Johnson, Waste Management

Moderator: Craig Bartlett, Region of Durham (Ontario, CA)

Moderator: Mirka Januszkiewicz, Region of Durham (Ontario)

You’re “Cut off.” Now what? – A Case Study of How WCA Avoided Permanent Cut Off Through Effective Communication and Technical Support for Strong H2S Odors in Leachate

  • Marcos Elizondo, Luong Nguyen (WCA), and Brad Granley, Leachate Management Specialists, LLC

Two Year Results on Production of Saleable Products from MSW

  • Luc DeBaere, Organic Waste Systems

A Plan for Controlling Landfill Gas Migration – Post Closure Care

  • April Yochim, Region of Waterloo (Canada)

Simultaneous Energy Generation and Ultraviolet Quenchers’ Removal from Landfill Leachate Using a Microbial Fuel Cell

  • Syeed Iskander, Virginia Tech

A Comparative Study of Four European Mechanical Biological Treatment Plants

  • Athanasios Bourtsalas, Columbia University

Successful Mitigation of Landfill Gas Migration at a Closed Facility with Saturated Waste

  • James Walker, Cornerstone Environmental Group

Metal-humic Substances Complexation Under Landfill Leachate Matrix and its Implication on UV Transmittance

  • Renzun Zhao, Lamar University

Rural Iowa Hub and Spoke Recycling Project

  • Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers

Evaluating Landfill Closure and Post Closure Costs Using Decision Tree Modeling

  • John Claypool, Brown and Caldwell

Leachate Dissolved Organic Matter Impacts on Wastewater Effluent Quality

  • Stephanie Bolyard, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

How Do Alternative Landfill Closure Designs Stand Up to the Test of Time? A Look at the Performance of Installed, Subtitle D Approved ClosureTurf Final Closure Projects

  • Chris Eichelberger, Agru America

10:00 to 10:30 am –
Coffee Break

10:30 am to 12:00 pm –
Session Five

Track A

Leachate Treatment

Track B

Coal Combustion Residuals II

Track C

Organics Diversion

Moderator: Renzun Zhao, Lamar University

Moderator: Ben Gallagher, Southern Company

Moderator: Debra Kantner, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Operating Data Comparison for a Leachate Treatment Technology Transition from Sequencing Batch Reactor to Membrane Bioreactor with Effluent Polishing

  • Danielle Popov, Frank DeOria, Mark Sposato, Ephraim, Schayek,  O’Brien & Gere and Anne Reichert, Waste Management

Mitigating Acid Mine Drainage Using Stabilized Flue Gas Desulfurization Material

  • Chin-Min Cheng, Ohio State University

Trade-offs Between Collection and Processing Costs When Implementing an Organics Diversion Program

  • Kenneth Beaver, Environmental Solutions Group

Startup of an Advanced Leachate Treatment Water Resource Recovery Facility

  • Kevin Torrens, Brown and Caldwell

Beneficial Use of Coal Combustion Residuals for Closure of Coal Ash Impoundments

  • Rick Buffalini, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Santa Clara County Composting Processing Capacity and Organics Diversion Study

  • Leslie Lukacs and Tracie Bills, SCS Engineers

Optimization of Leachate Pretreatment Plant Operations in Response to Complex Leachate Quality

  • Jesse Varsho, Geosyntec Consultants

Super Absorbent Polymers to Manage Water During Coal Ash Excavation & Disposal

  • Milind Khire, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Organics Diversion - A Western Canada Success Story: How it is Significantly Reducing our Trash

  • Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech

Troubleshooting a Leachate Evaporator System with Scaling Issues (Case Study)

  • Rohan Menon, Waste Management

Landfill Leachate Impacts from Coal Ash and Exploration & Production Wastes

  • Ivan Cooper, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

12:00 to 1:30 pm –
Lunch & Poster Viewing

1:30 to 3:00 pm –
Session Six

Track A

CH4 Oxidation

Track B


Track C

Challenging/Emerging Contaminants in Leachate

Moderator: Roger Green, Waste Management

Moderator: Chris Eichelberger, Agru America

Moderator: Kurt Shaner, Waste Connections

Methane Oxidation: Field-Scale Test Sections Experiment

  • Tarek Abichou, Florida State University

Long-Term Performance Analysis of Double Composite Liner Systems: Measured and Modeled Leachate Leakage

  • Max Krause, US EPA, Office of Research & Development

Leachate Treatment for Non-Traditionally Regulated Compounds

  • Patrick Stanford, Rochem Americas, Inc.

Methane Oxidation Capacity of Un-composted Yard Waste and Other Waste Materials

  • Gomathy Iyer, University of Texas-Arlington

Observed Variation in the Direct Shear Test Method and Effect on Slope Stability Conformance Testing

  •   Christopher Richgels, Agru America

Comprehensive Treatability Evaluation of 1,4-Dioxane Removal from Landfill Leachate

  • Chao Zhou, Geosyntec Consultants 

Engineering Testing of a Methanotroph-Enriched Landfill Bio-cover for Brady Road Resource Management Facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • Monika Niemczyk, KGS Group

EVOH Geomembranes – Landfill Cover Case History

  • Edgard Chow, Kuraray America Inc.

What Are Critical Factors in Understanding Actual Risks of an Emerging Contaminant-- the Inaccurate Health Concern of 1,4-Dioxane and the Increasing Requests to Monitor in Groundwater at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

  • Louis Bull, Waste Management

Treatment of Leachate Organic Matter Through Sun-light Driven Photolysis

  • Duncan Lozinski, University of Central Florida

3:00 to 3:30 pm –
Coffee Break

3:30 to 5:00 pm –
Session Seven

Track A

Temperature Monitoring and Control

Track B

Landfill Air Regulations

Track C


Moderator: Mike Beaudoin, Republic Services

Moderator: Matt Stutz, Weaver Consultants

Moderator: Craig Bartlett, Region of Durham (Ontario, CA)

Continued Development of Temperature and Pressure Instrumentation for Elevated Temperature Landfills

  • Nicholas Yafrate, Geosyntec Consultants

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Evolving Landfill Air Regulations, Interpretations, and Enforcement Initiatives Under a New Administration

  • Matt Stutz, Weaver Consultants Group
  •  Amy Van Kolken Banister, Waste Management
  • Niki Wuestenberg, Republic Services 
  • Kerry Kelly, Waste Management
  • Patrick Sullivan, SCS Engineers

Time for a Change? The Challenges and Lessons Learned for the Transition from Windrow Operations to Aerated Static Pile Composting

  • Maura Dougherty, Cornerstone Environmental Group

Using Technology to Identify and Combat Increased Subsurface Temperatures at an MSW Landfill

  • Cody Lee Daigle, Tetra Tech

When Compost Does Bad Things to Groundwater

  • David Tonjes, State University of New York-Stony Brook 

Preventing Formation of Elevated Temperature Conditions in Landfill – Design Features for Management of Liquids and Gas Pressure

  • Ali Khatami, SCS Engineers

Correlating Water Quality Types to Groundwater Contamination at Compost Sites

  • John Norgard, Stony Brook University

Heat Exchange at Landfills: Evaluation of Preliminary Data from an Instrumented Municipal Solid Waste Landfill

  • Leticia Nocko, University of California-San Diego

What Works. Ten Years of Odor Control Evolution in the (Food and Source Separated Organic) Waste Processing Industry

  • Kyle Muffels, GHD

5:00 to 6:30 pm –
Reception & Poster Viewing

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:00 to 8:15 am –
Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 9:45 am –
Session Eight

Track A

Sulfur in Landfill Gas

Track B

Testing/Measurement of Elevated Temperature Landfills

Track C

Landfill Gas Management

Moderator: Frank DeOrio, O'Brien & Gere

Moderator: Navid Jafari, Louisiana State University

Moderator: Chris Bareither, Colorado State University

New Source Review – The Stink of Permitting Projects at High TRS Landfills (and Other Wonderful Landfill Gas Related Air Permitting Topics)

  • Michael Trupin, Trinity Consultants

Reactivity Test for Quantifying Heat Generation of Wastes

  • Navid Jafari, Louisiana State University

The Influence of Waste Moisture Enhancement Strategies on Landfill Gas Generation

  • Christopher Bareither, Colorado State University

Causes of Increasing Sulfur Content in California Landfill Gas

  • Patrick Sullivan, SCS Engineers

Health and Safety Protocols for Investigating Elevated Temperature Landfills

  • Davis Garrett, Geosyntec Consultants

Approaches to Modeling Landfill Gas at a Multiple Phase Site

  •  Lori Clark, State University of New York-Stony Brook

A Methodology to Project Hydrogen Sulfide Concentration in Landfill Gas (LFG) Based on Historical Data

  • Bishow Shaha, Florida Atlantic University

Solar Low-Flow Pumps Boost Iowa Landfill’s Gas Recovery, Address Groundwater, With Cost Savings

  • Mark Bertane, Blackhawk Technology Company

9:45 to 10:00 am –
Coffee Break

10:00 to 11:15 am –
Session Nine

Track A

Landfill Emissions II

Track B

Health & Safety

Track C

Landfill Planning/Operations

Moderator: Jim Levis, North Carolina State University

Moderator: Sarah Foster, CPF Associates


Air Emissions Compliance and Emission Rate Analysis for a Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Florida, USA

  • Samir Ahmed and Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Geosyntec Consultants

Public Health Considerations Related to Use of Odor Control Products at Landfills

  • Sarah Foster, CPF Associates, Inc.

Landfill Development Optimization: A Case Study of Waste Management Planning and Design, Waterloo Landfill Site, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

  • Tracy Annett, Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Canada)

A Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET) for Quantifying GHG Emissions Reduction from Alternative Waste Management Strategies

  • Alexander Stege, SCS Engineers

Reducing the Frequency and Severity of Waste Collection Accidents with Video-Based Safety and Analytics

  • Jason Palmer, SmartDrive Systems, Inc.

Evaluating the Potential Impact of Landfill Mining on Groundwater Quality

  • William Soukup,  Cornerstone Environmental Group