Welcome to the
BioCycle 12th Annual
Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling Conference
We welcome you to BioCycle's 12th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling. Almost 40 years ago, in May 1973, Jerome Goldstein, founding editor of BioCycle (then called Compost Science), organized a conference in St. Louis. The theme was "Using Municipal Wastes In Agriculture: A Logical Solution to the Garbage and Sewage Crisis." Session titles included "Using Sewage Sludge and Effluent in Agriculture," "Nitrogen Fertilization, City Wastes and Farming Methods," and "Family Farming, Urban-Rural Policies and Composted Wastes." There were no specific presentations on anaerobic digestion and biogas, but renewable energy was referenced on the agenda.
In early September, we received an email from Louise McKeon Belt, who was at the 1973 conference. She is a volunteer for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which was the cosponsor of the 1973 Conference. Her email shows why it is so important to come together at BioCycle Conferences to let others know about your projects, programs and initiatives, to discuss opportunities and challenges, and to stay abreast of the latest technologies, systems, public policies, research and project financing avenues.
Wrote Ms. McKeon Belt: "During the early 1970s, I had been giving talks on recycling titled "The Ecological Household." I gave 50 of these to women's clubs in the St. Louis suburbs and city, to get members for the Coalition as well as speakers fees to help fund this new group. In 1973 I was the local organizer for Jerry Goldstein and his Compost Science, which I had been reading since Jerry started it in 1960. I remember, standing at the podium in my shiny yellow maternity dress, moderating an evening session about St. Louis' problems near the end of the conference. … Did you know that the FIRST curbside recycling in the USA began in 1974 in University City, Missouri? I think your conference was the big push, and I think my talks helped, too!"
We are confident that your participation at BioCycle's 12th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling will help move your projects and programs forward, as was Ms. McKeon Belt's experience 39 years ago. Please use these next few days to learn and network. The Conference schedule provides many opportunities to interact with participants and exhibitors. Most of the presentations will be available to attendees of the conference shortly after the conference on the BioCycle website, www.biocycle.net
We are very grateful to our Conference sponsors — Himark BioGas, U.S. EPA AgSTAR, U.S. EPA Region 7, Novamont North America, St. Louis Composting, Agroenergy and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Their generous support is very much appreciated. And we thank you all for attending.