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C-CHANGE Conference Agenda

Monday, October 19, 2020, Noon to 4:00 pm CDT

12:00 – 12:45 pm CDT: Welcome and conference vision

Lisa Schulte Moore, C-CHANGE Director, Associate Director of the Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University
Tom Richard, Director of Institutes for Energy and the Environment, Penn State University

12:45 – 2:20 pm CDT: Keynote presentations on growth opportunities for biogas and renewable natural gas followed by moderated Q&A

Rudi Roeslein, Founder and CEO of Roeslein Alternative Energy
David Babson, Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, US Department of Energy
Debi Durham, Executive Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority
Faizal Hassan, Director of Biogas Marketing, Element Markets

2:20 – 2:30 pm CDT: Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm CDT: Breakout session with moderated panel discussions in three virtual rooms as follows:

Anaerobic Digestion

  • Shelly Peterson (Moderator), Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Dan Andersen, Iowa State University
  • Greg Faith, VERBIO
  • Brandon Julian, Pure Energy Group
  • Stephanie Lansing, University of Maryland
  • Brett Reinford, Reinford Farms
  • Bryan Sievers, AgriRenew


  • Zhiyou Wen (Moderator), Iowa State University
  • Robert Brown, Iowa State University
  • Bruce Dale, Michigan State University
  • Jens Dancer, Gross-Wen Technologies
  • Mark Mba Wright, Iowa State University
  • Shawn Semones, Anuvia Plant Nutrients

Distribution & Markets

  • Chris Anderson (Moderator), Renewable Energy Group
  • Saurabh Bansal, Penn State University
  • Joe Kramer, GSD Associates
  • Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers
  • Scott Reisling, Black Hills Energy
  • Tim Rooney, Antares

3:00 – 3:10 pm: Break

3:10 – 3:40 pm CDT: Breakout session with moderated panel discussions in three virtual rooms as follows:


  • Ray Gaesser (Moderator), Gaesser Farms
  • Emily Heaton, Iowa State University
  • Heather Karsten, Penn State University
  • John Murphy, Roeslein Alternative Energy
  • Maria Salas Fernandez, Iowa State University
  • Kraig Westerbeek, Smithfield Foods
  • Kristi Shaw, CleanBay Renewables

Policy and Financing

  • Kayla Bergman (Moderator), Center for Rural Affairs
  • Amie Davidson, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Paul Greene & Daniel Hirl, Montrose Environmental
  • Nicole Jennett, Jennett Consulting
  • Lester Krone & Daniel Copple, Leyline Renewable Capital
  • Fred Petok, USDA Rural Development

Societal Value

  • J. Arbuckle (Moderator), Iowa State University
  • Steph Herbstritt, Penn State University
  • Craig Just, University of Iowa
  • Jason Russell, Big Boulder Farms
  • Matt Russell, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light
  • Ernie Shea, Solutions from the Land

3:40 – 4:00 pm CDT: Next steps

Report Out and Next Steps
Wrap Up and Farewell

Download the conference program here.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors. This conference is free because of their support.