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Turning Food Waste into Energy

Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Food Waste into Energy

Tuesday, February 28
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (the event will start right at 5:30 p.m.)
Fellowship Hall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
846 Oak St., Steamboat Springs

with Sybil Sharvelle, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CSU, Mark Berkley, Innovative Ag and Brendan McCrann, Future Pointe

Some 40% of the food we produce ends up in the landfill. That food releases harmful greenhouse gasses into the environment. Anaerobic digestion is a process to capture methane from decomposing food waste. The gas is combusted to generate electricity and heat or processed into renewable energy and transportation fuels, essentially turning trash into cash.

Come get all the facts from CSU Associate Professor Sybil Sharvelle and learn about local initiatives to bring anaerobic digestion to the valley with Mark Berkley.


Dr. Sybil Sharvelle is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University with expertise in biological waste processing. She received her doctoral degree from Purdue University, where she developed a biological processor for treatment of graywater for potable reuse during long duration space missions. This experience led to her current interest in sustainable concepts for water and waste management. Dr. Sharvelle has 9 years of experience working on waste conversion to methane through anaerobic digestion, including the development of the Multi-Stage Anaerobic Digester and a decision support tool for anaerobic digestion.