In 2009 POWER – Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling – was formed to address the emerging technologies for commercial food waste destinations. Founded within the Green Foodservice Alliance, POWER  moved to Ei upon incorporation in February 2010 .

Industry leaders traveled from across the nation to engage in the formation of an emerging industry. Presentations ran the gamut from windrow | aerated-static pile composting, anaerobic digestion, plasma, soldier flies to bio-char programs for commercial food waste destinations. In addition, complementary industry topics were discussed as well as addressing end markets and related economic viability.

The final POWER meeting was hosted in April 2011. As the food waste destination industry matured, the POWER meetings served as a platform to catapult an emerging industry into an established industry. Mission Accomplished!

Below is the original POWER website page copy including the formal mission statement.

Collaboration is one of the keys to Elemental Impact’s success.  Our Strategic Partners contribute their expertise and industry connections to maximize the impact of Ei initiatives.
 
POWER Mission:  To explore and evaluate the highest good collection, recycling and use of perishable organics and make recommendations for deployment of economically viable projects within a defined geographic region.
 
POWER meetings include presentations by industry experts on options for use of perishable organics, collection systems available and challenges faced in current projects. 
 
Lively dialogue among participants is encouraged for maximum exploration and collaborative efforts.  POWER members include professionals from government, non-profits, trade associations, universities, research institutes and private enterprise.

Working in conjunction with the Zero Waste Zones Team, the immediate POWER focus is creating a strong infrastructure within the foodservice industry for clean source separation and efficient food residual collection for composting or waste-to-energy facilities.
 
Roadblocks to creating economically viable ventures include:
 
The roadblocks are addressed at meetings along with emerging technology and solutions for diverting perishable organics from landfills. 
 

POWER meets twice per year to report the action taken by the POWER Steering Committee along with new technologies available for perishable organics.

POWER meeting agendas, participants, notes and presentations are available for download in the below annual meeting listing.

POWER Meeting Notes, Agendas & PPTs

January 18, 2012

The POWER meeting was a session at the U.S. Composting Council Annual Conference held in Austin, TX.

Power Agenda Power Agenda (65 KB)

Presentations

Scott Seydel POWER Overview Scott Seydel POWER Overview (431 KB)

Chris Moyer NRA -ZWZ-Ei Partnership Chris Moyer NRA -ZWZ-Ei Partnership (9996 KB)

Doug Kunnemann / Holy Elmore SFCI Update Doug Kunnemann / Holy Elmore SFCI Update (662 KB)

Brenda Platt Sustainable Foodservice Packaging Brenda Platt Sustainable Foodservice Packaging (9449 KB)

Chris Moyer - Importance of Industry Collaboration Chris Moyer - Importance of Industry Collaboration (1048 KB)

Wayne King - The Soil Water Connection Wayne King - The Soil Water Connection (13032 KB)

ZWZ Blog post, USCC 20th Annual Conference - STELLAR!  gives an overview to the POWER meeting.

The Ei FB album, USCC Conference - Austin, TX, is a pictorial recap.

January 24, 2011 Meeting
Presentations
April 22, 2011
Presentations
April 1, 2010
Presentations:
October 22, 2009
December 17, 2009