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Kathryn GarciaCOMMISSIONER, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
Appointed in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Kathryn Garcia leads the world's largest municipal waste management agency and its 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. Under her direction, they keep New York City (NYC) healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. After her appointment as Commissioner, Commissioner Garcia set an ambitious long-term goal for NYC: contribute zero waste to landfills. By efficiently leveraging the Agency's $1.4 billion annual budget, DSNY disposes of more than 3.2 million tons of refuse each year, recycles more than 600,000 tons of material, and is expanding its programs to make NYC more sustainable — from promoting electronics and textile recycling to enhancing composting programs that eliminate food from the waste stream.
A lifelong New Yorker, Commissioner Garcia launched her career as an intern at DSNY. Before returning to the Department as Commissioner, she served as Chief Operating Officer at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for the operation of the City's water supply, water and sewer system, and wastewater treatment plants.
Commissioner Garcia earned her BA in Economics and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rod TylerFOUNDER AND INVENTOR
Rod Tyler is a graduate of The Ohio State University, a Certified Professional Agronomist and has been working with compost for nearly 30 years. Rod has worked with the US Composting Council where he served as President, and Vice President. His bestselling book, "Winning the Organics Game – The Compost Marketers Handbook," discusses issues related to using compost in all the major markets and is a leading textbook used in the industry.
As Founder and former CEO of Filtrexx International LLC, Rod is also the inventor of the patented Filtrexx® "FilterSoxx technology", a tubular containment system for compost and soil products including 25 Organic BMPs, as well as agricultural, home garden, beach restoration, green living walls, streambank stabilization, and environmental restoration applications. Filtrexx products have been used in thousands of projects in ten countries for low impact development. Rod coauthored "The Sustainable Site: The Design Manual for Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development," which has over 25 specifications and CAD drawings of design techniques to reduce runoff, increase water quality, reduce pollution and restore ecosystems.
Recently introduced products include VerTexx®, a vertical living wall that can reduce heat island effect, grow food using recycled organic medias on sides of buildings and change our urban culture; StormExx®, an under-drain insert with a filter cartridge filled with recycled organic media to filter storm water pollutants including heavy metals, hydrocarbons and nutrients; and an entire line of products for Living Shorelines, including beach dune establishment, renovation, and erosion protection. Rod and his team at Filtrexx continue to lead the field in green innovation, running a carbon negative company using natural resources that are locally made, annually renewable, biobased, organic and natural.
Bob JoblinPresident of Cenergy USA
and Co-Manager of Magic Dirt Horticultural Products, LLC
Bob Joblin is the President of Cenergy USA and Co-Manager of Magic Dirt Horticultural Products, LLC. Cenergy is a fee developer and financial advisor for energy efficient and renewable energy projects, including geothermal HVAC, fuel cell and biomass. Cenergy's first anaerobic digester project on a dairy has been in continuous operation since January 2009.
Magic Dirt is four-year-old company that repurposes digester waste into sustainable and organic horticultural products. As a sustainable alternative to peat moss, an independent report calculates that each cubic yard of Magic Dirt avoids one ton of greenhouse gas from being released into the environment. Its first product, an organic premium potting soil, has been named Innovation of the Year at the World BioProducts Conference and by the American Biogas Council. Two additional products will be introduced in 2018 and another two are scheduled for 2019.
In previous lives, Bob taught at a historically black college; served as a consultant to various lending institutions, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Resolution Trust and the Tourism Ministry of Spain; operated his own development and management company; cofounded a hospitality chain; tried to make a living as a journalist; and in the stupidity of youth, operated an underwater construction company. He is a writer and Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, has been active in urban redevelopment and historic preservation for many years, and is an inventor and patent holder. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and was commissioned in the U.S. Army.