SWANA

Landfill Gas & Biogas Organization Award

SWANA’s Landfill Gas & Biogas (LFG) Division Organization Award recognizes an organization that is advancing the innovative capture and control of landfill gas and or biogas to minimize environmental impacts and focus on beneficial end uses.

Important Notes

  • No entry fee is required.
  • Applicant’s organization must have at least one employee that is a current SWANA member that subscribes to the SMM Technical Division.
  • Submission of entries starts November 22, 2019 – open call for entries (60 days).
  • The deadline to submit an entry is January 21, 2020, at midnight Eastern time. NO extensions will be made.
  • The award will be presented at the SWANApalooza 2020 award ceremony in Atlanta (Conference dates March 23–26, 2020).
  • The winner, if any, will receive a free one-day registration to SWANApalooza on the day of the award ceremony to collect the award and an appropriate physical trophy or plaque with the organization’s engraved name.

How to Submit Your Entry

  • Include a cover page with the name/professional title/organization of the person submitting the entry, along with an email address and phone number. This does not count against the page limit.
  • Maximum number of page is 16 if printed single-spaced on an 8.5 x 11" page.
  • Send your entry as a PDF to techdivisions@swana.org with the subject line “LGB Technical Division Award Entry”.

Background

The capture, collection and use of renewable energy sources such as landfill gas and biogas are essential to conserve resources, reduce waste, slow climate change and minimize environmental impacts. The Division recognizes the challenges faced with the sustainable management and recovery of renewable energy sources while maintaining effective solid waste disposal practices, protecting workers’ health and safety, and preserving the environment.

Focus of the Award

The LGB Technical Division award emphasis is for organizations that focus on innovative and efficient LGB collection and utilization. Approaches and methods that effectively and efficiently reduce environmental impacts, benefit landfill owners, educate their local communities to the benefits of LGB end use, and are active in SWANA as members or through technical information sharing (presentations, for example) will be scored higher than those that do not achieve these goals.

The LGB Award entries will be reviewed based on the following objectives:

  1. Benefit to landfill owner or stakeholder to adopt and implement LGB innovative designs, improved processes, and new technology —Focus is on how the organization’s innovative designs, and/or improved process controls, equipment or materials benefit the landfill owners or stakeholders.
  2. Innovation and Contribution to LGB Industry—Focus is on organizations that innovate solutions and share lessons learned with their local communities and the LGB industry as a whole.
  3. Reduce Environmental Impacts of LGB —Focus is on organizations working towards LFG odor and subsurface migration control, greenhouse gas emission reductions, and conventional energy source offsets through green LFG or BG sources, in conjunction with local, state and federal regulatory compliance.
  4. Increase Socio-Economic Benefits—Focus is on tracked and reported local economic impacts and societal benefits.

Application Review and Evaluation

Award applications will be reviewed by a team of LGB Division members. The Division has established the appropriate evaluation criteria as shown later in this document. Please organize your application per the numbered criteria, with the exception of Criteria No. 6, which is reserved for use by the judges in scoring the application as a whole.

The italicized statements and questions following each of the criteria are guidelines for what judges would like to see in each category. You may include other pertinent information. When including documents, you may reduce them in size to fit multiple documents on a page, as long as they are readable, or include a link to a website that contains the requested document. While a list of successful projects is welcome, please limit major project summary descriptions to three per application.

IMPORTANT: Read all directions carefully. Applications that are unreadable or do not provide required information will be disqualified.

Executive Summary 5 Points (written)/5 points (video)

Please provide a written executive summary of no more than 150 words describing your innovative and efficient collection and utilization LGB program and explaining why the organization you are nominating deserves to win an award.

OPTIONAL: In addition to a written executive summary of no more than 150 words, you may include a link to a video of no more than 120 seconds that tells the story of your sustainable materials management program and its results.

Benefit to Landfill Owner or Stakeholder to Adopt and Implement LGB-related Innovative Designs, Improved Processes, or New Technology 20 points

Focus is on increasing the quantity and quality of LGB recovered for energy production, opportunities for odor reduction, migration prevention, beneficial end use, or improvements in community relations.

What LGB policies, practices and innovations were implemented and embraced as part of your project(s)? With what results? Over what period of time? How was your organization influential in those improvements? What methods did you use to accomplish your goals? What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them? What do you consider to be your greatest success?

Innovation and Contribution to LGB Industry 20 points

Focus is on innovative concepts that have helped a landfill owner or stakeholder to improve LGB collection efficiency and/or deliver the gas to an innovative or impressive end use project(s). The project concepts were then shared with the local community or LGB industry for the benefit of others.

What data did you consider to be most important to track? What was your baseline for measurement of improvement or successful performance in each category you measured (odor reduction, migration/emission prevention, energy production) and what were your results? What period of time was incorporated in your measurement? What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them in your measurement process? What do you consider to be your greatest success?

Reduced Environmental Impacts of Landfill Gas or Biogas 20 points

Focus is on reducing the environmental impacts of LGB, including greenhouse gas emissions and reductions in nonrenewable energy use.

How has your organization reduced the environmental impacts of your featured project site(s) related to LGB? Include data collected to measure greenhouse gas emissions and energy use reductions in your facility. What was your baseline for measurement of improvement or successful performance in each category and what were your results? What period of time was incorporated in your measurement? What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them in your measurement process? What do you consider to be your greatest success?

Increase Socio-Economic Benefits 25 points

Focus on tracking and reporting economic impacts and societal benefits.

How has your organization been beneficial to the community? Have you added jobs, raised wages, or provided other economic benefits, and if so, how many and what kind? Have you donated staff time, materials or other things to support community causes; if so, describe and indicate value of your services. Provide a timeframe for each type of benefit to the community. What community concerns have been raised about your organization and how were they addressed? What goals and/or expectations have you set for your organization? Does your organizational performance equal or exceed the goals and expectations you set? If not, what are your lessons learned, and what are you doing to improve? What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them? What do you consider to be your greatest success?

Application Quality 5 points

Your application will be judged on its organization and presentation, and on editorial and technical quality.

(This is a judges category only, not to be addressed in your application)

Maximum 100 points