Renewable Natural Gas Leaders Receive Accolades


Energy Vision, a nonprofit organization that focuses on renewable transportation fuels, recently presented its 2014 Leadership Awards to four individuals whose organizations are spearheading innovation in renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle fuel.

Award winners included the following:

  • Kathryn Garcia, commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation, which will be implementing mandatory commercial organic waste recycling in addition to its current voluntary residential organic waste recycling program;
  • Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy, and Harrison Clay, president of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels, whose joint project works with the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, N.Y., to convert landfill biogas into vehicle fuel;
  • Mel Kurtz, president of quasar energy group, whose company operates 14 anaerobic-digestion facilities in Ohio, Massachusetts and New York.

‘The technologies for producing and using RNG don't have any fatal flaws; they work, and they work now,’ said Joanna Underwood, president of Energy Vision. ‘We're excited to be able to give awards to some of the pioneers of this movement.’

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