Harford County Area Special Interest Group: Science Cafe
Time: Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
Location: Abingdon Public Library
Topic: The Benefits of Waste-to-Energy
PRESENTER: Steve Jenness, environmental compliance specialist for Covanta Energy.
The Waste-to-Energy (WTE) industry has been a strategic part of the country’s solid waste management strategy since the 1980’s. WTE provides a clean source of renewal energy, and provides significant economic benefits to the community.
In 2010, approximately 12% of all municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in the United States was processed for energy recovery. Other benefits of WTE include the reduction of waste volume by 90%, recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Covanta Energy WTE facilities operate with average emission levels well below EPA and state environmental standards.
Covanta operates 41 WTE facilities in the United States, and has a presence in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Jeness earned his BS in Engineering Technology (Environmental) from Norwich University in 1980 and a ME in Environmental Engineering from RPI in 1983. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Maryland and has worked as an environmental engineer in government, consulting, and private industry for 29 years (1983-2012)