Miami-Dade County's Office of Sustainability was invited to participate in the "White House Winning the Future: Champions of Change Series" on April 8, 2011. This series is intended to shine a spotlight on Americans who are "Winning the Future" in their communities. The focus of the most recent roundtable discussion was communities who have embraced clean energy as an economic driver. Alongside private sector partner CH2M Hill, Miami-Dade County was recognized in the "Champions of Change Series" for its work on the County's Methane Sequestration project at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer's South District Wastewater Treatment Plant (SDWWTP), which is partially funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG).
"It was an honor to be recognized by White House staff and to participate in a best practices discussion with other public sector leaders and private sector partners from around the country," said Sustainability Director Susanne M. Torriente. "Our project was applauded not only for its creativity and environmental benefits, but also because it's creating jobs now and will save money upon completion."
The Methane Sequestration project consists of the upgrade and expansion of the existing cogeneration system at the SDWWTP which generates electricity from digester gas currently being produced at the plant. Landfill gas which is produced from the adjacent Solid Waste Department's South Dade Landfill will be collected and piped to the SDWWTP where it will be mixed with digester gases. By combining landfill and digester gases, Miami-Dade County will increase the amount of self-generated electricity, therefore reducing the County's consumption of electricity generated from fossil fuel. Once completed, this project has the potential to produce 63,800 KW per day. In addition, it is estimated that this project will generate 40 jobs in the local economy.
"The Methane Sequestration Project, our largest alternative energy project to date, illustrates how partnerships among County departments like Office of Sustainability, Water and Sewer and Solid Waste can ensure we are doing what is necessary to operate efficiently and help make our community sustainable," said County Manager Alina T. Hudak.
Additional information on the "White House Winning the Future: Champions of Change Series" and this roundtable event are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions. To get more information on Miami-Dade's sustainability efforts, please visit http://green.miamidade.gov.