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Magazine's 'FutureStructure' Summit in Chicago Spotlights Energy Recovery

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2013) - GOVERNING Magazine today hosted nearly 100 state and local policymakers from around the country for its  FutureStructure Summit on trends in waste, water and energy. The event included a discussion on growing interest in the potential of energy recovery -a group of existing and emerging technologies that can convert solid waste into domestically sourced, alternative fuels or energy.

The panel, moderated by Bob Graves, associate director of the GOVERNING Institute, discussed how to better track and analyze local waste streams, and ways state and local governments can encourage new investment in energy recovery capacity. Speakers on the panel included David Costello, deputy secretary for policy & planning at the Maryland Department of the Environment, Roy Neehall, general manager for Waste RE-solutions Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, and Sal Moretti, solid waste division superintendent for the Bakersfield Public Works Department.

The American Chemistry Council was a sponsor of the GOVERNING Magazine summit, held today at the Union League of Chicago.

"We are grateful that this partnership with GOVERNING resulted in today's dialogue about the potential to treat waste as a valuable resource in the United States," said Craig Cookson, director of sustainability & recycling for the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division. "Today's energy recovery facilities produce enough energy to power the equivalent of two million homes annually while reducing the volume of waste going to landfills by 90 percent. Aiming to build upon those investments, today's forum laid out a compelling case for expanding the use of energy recovery technologies to help power homes and businesses in communities across the country."

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