Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cal-Adapt synthesizes volumes of downscaled climate change projections and climate impact research from California's scientific community including the Geospatial Innovation Facility at University of California, Berkeley, Scrips Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, and the Center for Climate Change Solutions at University of California, Los Angeles with funding and advisory oversight by the CA Energy Commission. The data available on Cal-Adapt offers a view of how climate change is predicted to affect localities throughout California.
During the workshop learn how to use the Cal-Adapt climate tools from the people who developed them. The workshop will include hands on instructions on how to provide predictions of sea level rise, snow pack changes, wildfire predictions, extreme precipitation events, changes in extreme heat days and annual averages at a local level. The course will teach you how to overlay localized predictions onto Geographic Information System (GIS) maps to develop isopleths showing mid-century and end-of-century predictions on precipitation, flooding, mudslides, wildfire areas, extreme heat, and other information useful in preparing for climate change. This mapping exercise is valuable to see how different types of risks will affect local infrastructure, emergency response facilities as well as aspects of the built environment. The course will also instruct attendees on how they can use the Cal-Adapt tools to provide climate change risks and adaptation measures within the Safety Elements of a local jurisdiction’s General Plan in accordance with the California State requirements found in Senate Bill-379. Separate registration required.
Organic Materials to Energy Demonstration Project Tour
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Goleta Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plant
1 William Moffet Place, Goleta CA
Attendees will take a walking tour of this pilot project at the Goleta Sanitary District wastewater treatment plant to see how the organics are separated and processed into renewable energy.
Organic waste, including food, yard waste, lumber and paper, represent two-thirds of solid waste disposed at landfills in California. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 18% of total landfill disposal with almost 6 million tons annually statewide. The anaerobic degradation of organic matter in landfills produces harmful landfill gas (LFG) emissions. The main component of LFG is methane, a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP). Cutting emissions of SLCPs can immediately reduce the impact of climate change.
The State of California recently enacted new legislation to increase organic waste recycling in order to support its greenhouse gas reduction goals and waste reduction goals. AB 1826 (2014) requires businesses to recycle their organic waste depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. SB 1383 (2016) establishes targets to reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 50% below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% by 2025.
These legislative initiatives will require the separation, collection, and processing of organics (primarily food waste) from commercial, institutional, and residential sources. The goal of this project is to demonstrate that it is possible to divert organics from landfills economically.
Project Innovation & Advantages
The project includes the construction of two (2) mobile and modular skids:
(1) Smicon Unit – Pre- and post-consumer organic waste depackaging: Smicon is a proven European technology for the pre-processing of source-separated organics into a high-quality feedstock for anaerobic digestion.
(2) Lystek Unit – Thermal hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion: Lystek is a US-based patented technology which uses thermal hydrolysis to transform organic material into a high-value end-product with multiple uses.
When combined into a single process train, the technologies can work together to improve collected organic material processing, enhance digester performance to increase biogas generation, demonstrate energy production from this biogas, and produce a high-nutrient biofertilizer for the agriculture industry.
The project will initially process biosolids from Goleta Sanitary District (GSD) and food waste from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), with the intention of obtaining additional volumes for pilot testing.
Hard-sole shoes, long pants and sleeves. Weather-appropriate outer-ware for the day (i.e., jackets, sweaters, knit-caps, etc.) depending on temperature and climate conditions. Clear safety glasses will be provided. Photography is allowed. Hard hats not required. No free samples.
Separate registration fee of $25 required by November 10, 2019.
Tour may be cancelled if minimum number of participants is not met by this date.