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JULY 2016


GBB Helps Guam Achieve a Key Milestone: Final Closure of Ordot Dump >


Looking Forward to WASTECON! GBB Exhibiting, Presenting and Co-Sponsoring SWANA's Young Professionals Booth >


GBB and Stern Brothers & Co. Announce Renewable Energy from Waste Agreement >


Reading List >


Speaker's Corner >


Upcoming Events >


Social Media >

Speaker's Corner

"Bio-Digester Case Study and Organics Reuse"


Steve Simmons


Steve Simmons, GBB Vice President, made this presentation in June 2016 at the Reuse Summit, an event organized by the Partnership for a Green City, a sustainability collaboration of the Louisville Metro Government, the Jefferson Community & Technical College, the Jefferson County Public Schools, and the University of Louisville, KY.

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation >

Upcoming Events

GBB will be present at the following industry events. We look forward to seeing you there!


Renewable Energy from Waste Summer School Series – Anaerobic Digestion Webinars
August 18, 2016


GBB, Co-Producer


Lori Scozzafava, Moderator "Maximizing the Value of Digestate as an End Product"


Indianapolis, IN
August 22-25, 2016


Exhibitor (booth #1219)

SWANA Young Professionals booth co-sponsor

John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Speaker
"Waste-to-Energy on a Very Small Scale: The Metlakatla Indian Community Experience"


Harvey Gershman, Speaker
"Waste-to-Energy Lessons Learned: A 30-Year Evaluation on Why Projects Succeeded or Failed"


John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Moderator
“Yard Waste Composting Versus Landfill Gas Recovery - The Iowa Story: What Really Happened”


John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Speaker
"The Measure of Success: How to Measure Recycling Program Success in the Era of the Changing Ton"


Resource Recycling Conference
New Orleans, LA
August 30 – September 1, 2016


Harvey Gershman, Speaker
"MRFs in the Single-Stream"


Waste360 Recycling Summit
Austin, TX
September 19-21, 2016


Brad Kelley, Speaker
“Is Mixed Waste Processing Dead?”


Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council Meeting
Columbia University, New York, NY
October 6-7, 2016


Ljupka Arsova, Speaker
"Prospects for Anaerobic Digestion"


Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference
Chicago, IL
October 19-21, 2016


Harvey Gershman, Speaker
"The Future of Processing and Collection"


Renewable Energy from Waste Conference
Long Beach, CA
November 14-16, 2016


GBB, Co-Producer & Exhibitor


Steve Simmons, Speaker and Facilitator – Pre-Conference Workshop
"Prospects for Anaerobic Digestion"


Harvey Gershman, Speaker and Facilitator – Pre-Conference Workshop
"Conducting a Procurement and Development Process"


Harvey Gershman, Speaker and Moderator
"Waste Conversion Market Update"


Steve Simmons, Moderator
"Advancing Gasification and Pyrolysis"


Ljupka Arsova, Moderator
"Opportunities in Biogas"


Harvey Gershman, Speaker
"Conference Takeaways"


Municipal Waste Management Association Summit
St. Petersburg, FL
November 16-18, 2016


Lori Scozzafava, Speaker
"Food Waste Panel"


Visit the conference/ tradeshow section of our website for an updated list!

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GBB Helps Guam Achieve a Key Milestone:
Final Closure of Ordot Dump

Project Team

Ordot Closure Channel Relocation inspection. From left to right: Scott Purdy (Construction Quality Assurance Contractor, Geo-Logic Associates); Conchita Taitano (Air & Land Division Administrator, Guam EPA); Jun Quezada (Water Pollution Control Program Inspector, Guam EPA), Bill Coughlin (Stream Construction Specialist, Western Stream Works); and Chris Lund (GBB Senior Vice President.)


In a 2008 Court Order, U.S. District Court Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood tasked GBB with the 180-degree turnaround of a completely dysfunctional solid waste management system while closing a dump that has been open for nearly 70 years. She appointed GBB to be Receiver with full responsibility for bringing the Guam Solid Waste Management Division, now the Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA), into compliance with a 2004 Consent Decree for violation of the Clean Water Act.


Working diligently with public works, financial departments, the military, private waste haulers, and other stakeholders in Guam, the GBB receivership has opened a new landfill and is on a path to comply with all of the terms of the Consent Decree in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner possible. This has been accomplished under the guidance of the Court and in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA.)


Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood

"It was 16 years ago that the consent decree was filed by the appropriate parties. It [Ordot Dump] is finally closed and I am very, very happy."

Statement from
Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood
at a ceremony held for the
final environmental closure of Ordot Dump

On March 28, 2016, a key milestone of the receivership was reached - the U.S. District Court of Guam held a hearing that officially concluded the closure of the Ordot Dump. This Dump was in operation from the 1940s until August 31, 2011 and polluted the Lonfit River in violation of the Clean Water Act. As Receiver, GBB oversaw the design of an approved plan that met all of the legal and environmental requirements of the Federal and Territorial Governments.


“The plan provides for the legally required 30-year post-closure care of the facility. This includes monitoring groundwater, leachate collection and control, methane gas collection and control, and the financial controls to assure that the funding will be available to carry out these activities,” said Chris Lund, PE, PSS, GBB Senior Vice President acting as Receiver Senior Project Engineer for this important assignment. “Leachate, which had been leaking out of the Ordot Dump and polluting the Lonfit River, is now being captured and diverted to a waste water treatment facility for proper treatment. The environmental closure of the Ordot Dump also captures harmful methane, and carbon dioxide gases, both greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.”


Chris Lund

GBB Senior Vice President Chris Lund
at the Ordot Closure West Slope.

Since 2008, Mr. Lund has performed the receivership’s day-to-day project management, engineering, planning, and permit compliance and quality assurance review and analysis for engineering design, conducting landfill permitting and compliance reporting, regulatory review coordination, and construction management. He has executed construction procurements resulting in more than $150 million of services that included construction of a new landfill, operations and dump closure projects, development of a permanent household hazardous waste facility, and the renovation and new construction of four transfer station facilities. Leaf bullet


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Looking Forward to WASTECON!
GBB Exhibiting, Presenting and Co-Sponsoring SWANA's Young
Professionals Booth

Young ProfessionalsWASTECON is right around the corner, on August 22-25, 2016, in Indianapolis, IN. GBB is proud to once again co-sponsor the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)’s Young Professionals (YP) booth. Since 1980, GBB mentored and empowered dozens of young professionals who joined the firm as consultants or as part of the internship program. The internship program has provided opportunities to motivated individuals to acquire hands-on experience in the solid waste management industry, further their knowledge in the environmental field, and work with GBB consultants.


WASTECONAdditionally, GBB will be at booth #1219, right next to the break zone, and speak/moderate at thefollowing sessions:

  • "Waste-to-Energy on a Very Small Scale: The Metlakatla Indian Community Experience"
    John Carlton, P.E., BCEE (Speaker)
    Tuesday, August 23 at 5pm
  • "Waste-to-Energy Lessons Learned: A 30-Year Evaluation on Why Projects Succeeded or Failed"
    Harvey Gershman (Speaker)
    Wednesday, August 24 at 10:15am
  • "Yard Waste Composting Versus Landfill Gas Recovery: The Iowa Story: What Really Happened"
    John Carlton, P.E., BCEE (Moderator)
    Wednesday, August 24 at 10:15am
  • "The Measure of Success: How to Measure Recycling Program Success in the Era of the Changing Ton"
    John Carlton, P.E., BCEE (Speaker)
    Thursday, August 25 at 10:15am

We look forward to seeing you there! Leaf bullet


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GBB and Stern Brothers & Co. Announce Renewable Energy from Waste Agreement

John May"This is a natural joint venture that creates valuable synergies as both firms have extensive complementary experience and fields of expertise. We’re happy to join forces with the GBB team on renewable energy financing projects, providing clients with resources, knowledge and expertise that are second to none."


John May
Stern Managing Director and
Co-Head of the Renewable Energy Practice


Harvey Gershman"GBB’s combination of energy and solid waste management experience enables us to evaluate technologies and operations, including the potential to use alternative fuels and provide recommendations that take into account technical, legal, and economic issues. Joining forces with Stern, one of the top renewable energy bankers in the country, further advances and enhances the range of services that we both offer to renewable energy industry players."


Harvey Gershman
GBB President and co-Founder

Stern Brothers & Co. (Stern) and GBB entered into a strategic agreement that will advance Waste-to-Energy (WTE) infrastructure and alternative energy projects. Under the advisory relationship agreement, GBB supports Stern’s execution of transactions by providing strategic industry consulting, industry research, project due diligence, financial analysis and other functions related to the development of energy and infrastructure projects.


SternStern is an independent, certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) investment bank whose sole focus is public and infrastructure finance. Founded in 1917, the firm specializes in creating customized financing solutions for public and private borrowers, and is committed to having a team of experienced banker’s structure innovative financings that meet its client’s goals.


Stern’s Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group specializes in using tax-exempt and taxable bonds to optimize the debt structure and equity returns of developers seeking non-recourse project financing for energy and alternative energy projects. Stern also acts as a financial advisor to companies seeking corporate and project equity, and joint venture partners. Stern has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, St. Louis and Tampa.


GBB brings great expertise and advice to Stern. Having worked on approximately 200 assignments involving utilization of waste for its energy content since 1980, and tracking 475+ alternative conversion technology companies, GBB has a significant amount of WTE and conversion technologies (CT) experience. This includes a number of initial feasibility studies, economic analyses to vendor negotiations, assisting in financing activities by coordinating the process and preparing the feasibility reports for the official statements, and monitoring construction and commercial operations as well.Leaf bullet


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Reading List

John Carlton - ArticleAs thought leaders, GBB consultants regularly contribute articles to leading industry publications, sharing insight and information on important topics. Recently published articles include:


Mixed Waste Processing, Mixed Results
John Carlton, GBB Senior Vice President
Renewable Energy from Waste
June 2016


Part II: COP21 and Developing Countries
Harvey Gershman, GBB President
Renewable Energy from Waste
March 2016


Bob Brickner - ArticleAre You Considering a Waste Composition Study? … Why and for What?
Bob Brickner, GBB Founder Associate
MSW Management Magazine
May 2016


Part I: The Impact of COP21 on Recycling and Renewable Energy from Waste
Harvey Gershman, GBB President
Renewable Energy from Waste
January 2016


Links to all recently published GBB articles are available on the website.Leaf bullet

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