Environmental Protection

Alfa Laval to Sponsor Great Lakes' Workshop in New York

The Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop announced that Alfa Laval USA will be the Silver Sponsor for the March 26 event, to be held at the Rochester Museum & Science Center in downtown Rochester, N.Y.

The workshop will focus on best practices in water conservation for small and medium-sized craft brewers and cheese companies. This is the first independent workshop designed to bring together craft brewers, cheesemakers, policy makers, and nonprofit organizations for education and discussion about water conservation.

Registration is $55 for the full day of sessions, including a buffet lunch, until March 1, and $75 per person thereafter; details are available online at conserve-greatlakes.com.

"We are thrilled to have the support of Alfa Laval USA," said Lucy Saunders, workshop organizer. John Berardino, Brewery manager, and Linda A. Rastani, Tank Equipment manager, Alfa Laval USA, will share their expertise in cleaning-in-place solutions for water savings and safety, with case histories drawn from both the brewing and cheesemaking industries.

Participating brewers include Patrick Conway, president of the Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, who will speak on the sustainable use of water in brewery and brewpub operations; and Jason Fox, brewmaster of Custom BrewCrafters, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., who will discuss wastewater treatment systems.

A panel discussion on the true cost of water, and pricing, includes G. William Page, PhD., AICP, a professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Buffalo, SUNY; Michael Wolkoff, deputy chair of Economics at the University of Rochester; and Sammis White, professor of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and an active participant in the Milwaukee Water Council, an industry/university partnership to solve water problems and create jobs.

Special to this workshop is a discussion of hydrofracturing and risks to water quality, featuring Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, Inc., an environmental database firm in Ithaca, N.Y. He has worked for more than 30 years as an advocate for environmental health protection. Hang will be joined by Andrew Byers, a botanist and member of the Shaleshock Action Alliance, and Ron Bishop, a lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry at SUNY Oneonta, who will discuss hydrofracturing practices and how water contamination can occur during the gas drilling process.

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