Invited Session: Circular Economy

Green Waste to Energy: Fueling the Circular Economy (1 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
16:45 – 17:45
Room 309

This session will profile the Surrey Biofuel Processing Facility. This facility is the first closed loop project of its kind in North America and will process more than 115,000 tons of residential and commercial organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG). Approximately three million cubic meters (120,000GJ) of natural biogas per year will be generated—enough to fuel the city’s natural gas powered waste collection vehicles and its growing fleet of natural gas powered operations service vehicles, as well as provide a renewable fuel source for the city’s District Energy System. Once constructed, it will be the largest waste-to-energy infrastructure facility in Canada and will help the City of Surrey and the Metro Vancouver area achieve its regional waste diversion target of 80% by 2020. The by-product of this facility—Class A organic compost—will be available for use in local agriculture and landscaping applications.

By attending this session, participants can evaluate the approach taken to organics waste management by the City of Surrey, and examine whether those same principals could be applied to other cities in North America.


Harish Murthy, Architect AIBC, AIA NY, LEED AP (BD+C), Architect, Stantec Architecture, British Columbia

Harish Murthy

Harish Murthy is a project architect who is highly committed to collaborative design processes and creative use of progressive technology. His work experience spans across various sectors: industrial, airports, higher education, and healthcare, including historic preservation. During his tenure at Stantec, Vancouver, he has served as the lead architect, project designer and design manager for various P3/Design-Build/Design-Bid-Build projects. Mr. Murthy is a LEED-accredited professional and a registered architect in British Columbia and New York.

Eric Dunford, M.Sc, MBA, ENV SP, Sustainability Specialist, Stantec Architecture, British Columbia

Eric Dunford

Eric Dunford is a sustainability specialist at Stantec. His work intersects the confluence of planning, design, and strategy and is focused on identifying, exploring, and implementing innovative approaches to enhance sustainable performance. Mr. Dunford has contributed to the design of a broad range of infrastructure, including wastewater, water supply and delivery, solid waste, port, and transportation sector projects. He is a leading expert in the application of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision framework and rating system, a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the environmental, social and economic benefits of all types and sizes of civil infrastructure. To date, he has successfully facilitated the certification of four projects through the Envision design and certification process, including the first three in Canada. Mr. Dunford is an accredited Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), Envision Trainer, and a LEED accredited professional.