Civil Engineering Poetics

On August 19, 2015, the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority, the largest indoor composting facility in the United States, celebrated the composting of its millionth ton of biosolids. This poem was written for the occasion and read for the audience of compost facility workers.

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IERCA 1 Million Poem

From Siting to Permitting to Marketing - What Does It Take to Profitably Construct and Operate A New Organics Facility in California?

2017 California Bioresources Alliance Symposium: Opening Panel, Melissa Fischer, Moderator, November 1, 2017. Learn from top experts in the field - regulators, academics, environmental and regional advocates, and facility operators - the opportunities, pitfalls, and challenges of developing and expanding organics management facilities in California. Presentation and extensive Q&A cover: composting facilities, anaerobic digesters, alternative fuel grid interconnection, incineration, net zero waste programs, feedstock contamination, permitting complexity and cost, air and water quality regulations, and the cost of regulatory compliance.

Panel presentation script

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CBA Symposium Case Study Script-Nov 17

Melissa Fischer Addresses Directors of Sanitation Districts

Melissa Fischer addresses the Board of Directors of the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in Whittier, CA, on behalf of 450 colleagues who have unified against proposed wage and pension cuts, February 28, 2018