Community-based Landfill Gas Development Workshop

May 30 2014 - May 31 2014


Landfill gas is a valuable energy resource for community-based economic development. Unfortunately, many communities miss the chance for adding new jobs, new businesses, and other local benefits that are available from landfill gas projects. The course will include information relevant to projects across the full spectrum of landfills – large and small, open and closed – and specifically address the new requirements (enacted in Session Law 2013-413) for owners/operators of sanitary landfills to conduct feasibility studies of landfill gas-to-energy that incorporate a community-based economic development aspect. This course will teach county and city managers/planners/economic developers, landfill managers/solid waste directors, public works directors, landfill gas technicians, engineers, and community leaders how to plan and implement a project that will maximize community and economic development benefits from the beneficial use of landfill gas.

This course is not focused on technical aspects of landfill gas collection and utilization, but instead focuses on the process and approaches through which community and economic development benefits may be obtained via creative development of landfill gas utilization projects. 
Topics to be covered include:

  • Maximizing use of landfill gas energy potential by incorporating community-based supplemental uses and emerging technologies
  • Engaging the local community in identifying and developing local uses
  • Basics of the public–private partnership project model
  • Case studies of successful community-based landfill gas development
  • Capitalizing on monetary and non-monetary value streams available from landfill gas projects
  • Practical approaches to managing stakeholder expectations and measuring success

During the optional half-day field trip, participants will tour novel landfill gas project(s) in western North Carolina. Tour(s) will include an overview of the project’s technical configuration, gas utilization strategies and facilities, and an explanation of ways in which the project adds value to the community.  

Cost: $250*   (includes lunch Friday)
*Early Registration Cost: $200 - Register by close of business day May 9th to receive discount
Students in UNC system cost: $200**
**Student Early Registration Cost: $175

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Room 329 in the College of Education Building. Park at College Street Parking Deck directly across from building (Parking attendant will allow you into parking deck). See map below.
Time: Friday, May 30th 9:00am-4:30pm
Note: Saturday, May 31th is an optional free 1/2 day field trip touring a local landfill gas project

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 7 SWANA CEUs, 7 PDH (self-report)
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


Stan Steury
Jason Hoyle

Stan Steury has been a research scientist at the Appalachian Energy Center since January 2007, after serving 32 years with the US Department of Agriculture. A 1973 graduate of Purdue University, Steury received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources. In 1997, Steury engaged the community in development of the award winning EnergyXchange Renewable Energy Center at the tiny Yancey-Mitchell Landfill. Steury promotes economic and community development at landfills in North Carolina, and has worked toward development of cost effective means of generating electricity for small landfill gas projects.

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