2023 RETA National Conference, Jacksonville

July 7, 2023

Plenty of SCS industrial refrigeration experts will be on hand at BOOTH 509 at the 2023 RETA National Conference, November 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The conference will cover a wide ranges of topics for professional development of industrial refrigeration operators and technicians. It spans four days filled with hands-on training, workshops, technical presentations, networking events, and an expansive exhibit hall. No matter your level of experience or position within the Industrial Refrigeration Industry, this educational conference has an all-encompassing and comprehensive program designed to enhance your knowledge and success.

The program is taking shape, check here for conference details and updates, and for registration information.

The conference is organized by the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) and is always a great event!  We hope to see you there!

Posted by Laura Dorn at 11:25 am

2023 Annual Florida Brownfields Conference

March 17, 2023

Join SCS Engineers professionals at the 2023 Annual Florida Brownfields Conference, June 19-21, at Avanti International Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Florida Brownfields Conference always brings great information from industry experts.  The Call for Abstracts was extended through Friday, May 19. Organizers are seeking presentations on

  • Innovations in the Brownfields Industry (Technology, Project Implementation, Community Outreach, and/or Planning)
  • Brownfields Funding and Incentives (Opportunity Zones, State Brownfield Incentives, and/or Leveraging Funding Sources for Brownfield Projects)
  • Emerging Contaminants of Concern and How These are Managed
  • Brownfields Lessons Learned and/or Lifecycles of Successful Brownfields Projects
  • Environmental Justice (Community Health Improvements through Brownfields Redevelopment and/or Equitable Development, and/or Workforce Development as an Environmental Justice Catalyst)
  • Brownfields Projects addressing Climate Change, Sustainability, and Renewable Energy


Registration is now open.  For registration information and more details as the conference takes shape, click here.

Hope to see you there!


Posted by Laura Dorn at 11:32 am

2023 Environmental Conference and Trade Fair, Lafayette, LA

March 14, 2023

Visit SCS Engineers professionals at BOOTH 60 at the 2023 Louisiana Environmental Conference and Trade Fair, March 15-17, at the Cajundome & Convention Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The conference will feature many presentations and opportunities to learn from industry experts, as well as several networking opportunities including a golf outing, opening reception, and crawfish boil and fish fry.

The conference is hosted by the Louisiana Solid Waste Association.

Click for more information


Posted by Laura Dorn at 10:14 am

Green Schools Webinar: Re-imagine, Re-design & Re-cycle: School Waste Collection Systems That Work!

February 21, 2023

SCS Engineers Project Manager Chris Jimieson is a panelist on the Carton Council’s Green Schools Webinar: Re-imagine, Re-design & Re-cycle: School Waste Collection Systems That Work!, on March 22 (3:00 – 4:00 pm Central).

As schools set their sights on zero waste goals and shift trash to recycling and composting streams, they need an efficient material management system that is sustainable to operate and easy for students and staff to use.  Webinar attendees will hear directly from three different school district leaders about their recent innovations in bin design, construction, and placement, including students who are building their own eating and recycling programs that are conducive to sustainability, including systems to collect valuable items such as milk carton material.

This webinar is free and open to everyone.  The content is designed specifically for K12 champions leading recycling programs for their school or district.

Chris Jimieson, parent recycling advocate, Madison Metropolitan School District (Program Manager for SCS Engineers)
Brittney Albin, Sustainability Coordinator, Lincoln Public Schools
Jeremy Drake, Principal/STRATEGY Zero Waste Solutions

This webinar is sponsored by the Carton Council.

Register today!


Posted by Laura Dorn at 10:15 am

SWANA 38th Annual Northwest Regional Symposium

February 2, 2023

Visit professionals from SCS Engineers and SCS Field Services at BOOTH 28 at SWANA’s 3-day Northwest Regional Symposium, April 18-20, at the Tulalip Resort Hotel in Marysville, WA.  SCS Engineers and SCS Field Services are Bronze sponsors of the conference, and SCS Engineers is also a meal sponsor.

The symposium, themed “The Next Normal: The Future of Solid Waste Management,” will bring together solid waste industry professionals and students from a wide variety of specialized fields to exchange information and learn from technical experts.  Hear presentations by SCS professionals, including:

TOM PARKER (co-panelist), Interactive Panel Discussion on “Aging Transfer Stations”
Tues, April 18 (Session 3A:  1:10 pm – 2:10 pm, Chinook I/II) Track A: Facilities/Landfills/Safety

ALEX STEGE on “Estimating the Effects of HB 1799 on Landfill Gas Recovery from Washington’s Landfills”
Tues, April 18 (Session 4A:  2:20 pm – 3:20 pm, Chinook I/II) Track A: Facilities/Landfills/Safety

GREG McCARRON (co-panelist), Panel Discussion on “Facility Management Perspectives: Organics Trends and Changes”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 6B:  9:10 am – 10:40 am, Chinook III/IV) Track B: Planning/Diversion/Organics

KARAMJIT SINGH (co-panelist), Panel Discussion on “Rethink Contingency Plans for Waste Systems”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 4A:  2:20 pm – 3:20 pm, Chinook I/II) Track A: Facilities/Landfills/Safety

MICHELLE LEONARD on “Organic Materials Management: Lessons Learned from California and How to Survive HP 1799”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 8B:  1:10 pm – 2:10 pm, Chinook III/IV) Track B: Planning/Diversion/Organics

LAUREN BEAUBAN and LAURA JOHNSON on “California’s SB 1383 Technical Assistance”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 9B:  2:15 pm – 3:15 pm, Chinook III/IV) Track B: Planning/Diversion/Organics

The symposium program will include sessions on Organics Management Planning; Aging Transfer Facilities Planning; Waste Systems’ Financial Impacts (zero waste and funding opportunities); Emerging Landfill Industry Trends (PFAS, liner, leachate, and landfill gas); Sustainability, Recycling, and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). It will also include tours of several compelling sites, plenty of networking opportunities, educational credits, exhibits, and much more!

Each spring the Evergreen (WA and MT), Beaver (OR and ID), and Pacific (BC and Yukon) chapters of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) hold this joint Northwest Symposium.

For full program details and registration information, click here

Posted by Laura Dorn at 11:02 am

2023 RAM/SWANA Conference, Prior Lake, MN

January 19, 2023

The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and the Solid Waste Association of North America Land of Lakes Chapter are hosting their annual Conference & Show April 25 & 26 at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, MN.

The RAM/SWANA Conference & Show continues to be the premier recycling and waste management conference in the Upper Midwest.

RAM/SWANA Conference topics include Hazardous Waste, Recycling, Solid Waste, Food Waste Diversion, and Sustainability. Continuing Education Credits are available, and there always are numerous networking opportunities.  Several SCS Engineers professionals are attending the conference – we hope to see you there!

Click here for details as the conference takes shape and registration information


Posted by Laura Dorn at 9:50 am

GreenBiz 23, Scottsdale, AZ

January 18, 2023

Be part of the community of change by participating in GreenBiz23 conference and expo, February 14-16, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Today’s sustainability professional is under pressure to do more, and do it faster, than ever before. What will it take to address the complex issues on your plate at the scale, scope and speed required? GreenBiz 23, the premier gathering of 1,800 sustainable business leaders, will deliver the insight and inspiration you need to accelerate change.

Join the dynamic GreenBiz 23 community to harness the knowledge of experts, peers and new voices to help you achieve net zero, advance the circular economy, elevate social justice, safeguard biodiversity, build resilient supply chains and more. You’ll gain access to inspiring keynotes, engaging breakout sessions and valuable networking that will help you address these complex issues.

The conference features tracks on:

  • Circular Value Chains
  • Engaging Your Audience (sponsored by PWC)
  • Finance & ESG (sponsored by VelocityEHS)
  • Leading Change (sponsored by Meta)
  • Net Zero Everything (sponsored by Microsoft)
  • Supply Chain Resilience (sponsored by Prologis)

The expo will feature more than 50 organizations paving the way for sustainable business. Learn about the technologies, programs and practices that these companies are employing while forming valuable connections with members of the dynamic GreenBiz community.

To Learn More and for Registration Info



Posted by Laura Dorn at 11:11 am

2023 Food and Beverage Environmental Conference, Lake Tahoe

January 3, 2023

SCS Engineers is a sponsor of the 2023 Food and Beverage Environmental Conference taking place March 26-29, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

FBEC is the premier and most comprehensive environmental event for the food and beverage industry in the United States. It brings together industry, academia, non-government organizations, and suppliers in a casual atmosphere that allows for the free flow of information and ideas. The conference includes a single program of sessions, information exchange, poster sessions, and socializing and networking events, all of which uncover the latest trends and innovations affecting water reuse, supply chain challenges, air quality and many more.

The 2023 Conference will explore the following topics and more!

  • Renewable Natural Gas
  • Air quality
  • Regulatory Updates
  • Enforcement & Compliance
  • Compliance Best Practices
  • Sustainability
  • Stormwater
  • Food Waste
  • Hazardous & Regulated Waste
  • Water Reuse
  • Wastewater
  • Ad-hoc sessions exploring topics like Air 202, Wastewater 202, Sustainability (Climate Change Impacts, SEC Compliance, Cost of Carbon, etc.) and more.

Participants and attendees include craft breweries and distilleries, pet food makers, grocery stores, nutritionists, farmers, and food and beverage processors, as well as those involved in transportation, distribution, preparation, supply chain management, EHS, sustainability and wastewater solutions.

The call for Presentations & Posters is currently open – click for more information, conference details as they take shape, and registration




Posted by Laura Dorn at 9:50 am

Brownfields 2023, Detroit

December 5, 2022

SCS Engineers is a proud Gold Level Sponsor of the 2023 National Brownfields Training Conference taking place August 8-11, 2023, at the Huntington Place Convention Center in Detroit.  Visit us at BOOTH 108 and talk with our experts about your brownfield challenges.

SCS Project Director, Eric Williams, will discuss “The Business of Brownfields – How Deals Get Done”
Tuesday, August 10, 2:20 – 2:44 pm, Room 353 (Track 1: Brownfields Financing)

The National Brownfields Training Conference brings together stakeholders from government, industry, and the community to share knowledge and best practices on the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties, known as brownfields. The conference features a range of sessions, workshops, and networking events that cover topics such as financing, liability, and community engagement, with the goal of promoting the cleanup and revitalization of contaminated sites across the United States.  This year will feature seven new tracks to explore the evolving brownfields landscape with topics like Housing, Equity, and Minimizing Displacement, Environmental Justice and Public Participation, and Assessment and Cleanup Approaches.

2023 is the year to take your community to the next level with unprecedented financial and technical resources. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment in EPA’s highly successful Brownfields Program.  Learn more.

Brownfields 2023 is the premier event to learn how you can access these grants and maximize your economic, environmental, and social performance. This funding will transform communities into sustainable and environmentally just places, enhance climate resiliency, and more.

The National Brownfields Training Conference is the largest event in the nation focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. It is hosted by the US EPA and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The Conference attracts over 2,000 stakeholders in brownfields redevelopment and cleanup to share knowledge about sustainable reuse and celebrate the EPA brownfields program’s success. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned professional, Brownfields 2023 offers something for you!

Click for program and registration information.



Posted by Laura Dorn at 1:01 pm

Sustainable Council: Tracking Emission Sources

October 31, 2022

SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting and Contracting
Air dispersion modeling uses mathematical formulations to characterize the atmospheric processes that disperse a pollutant emitted by specific emission sources. The source(s) can be different than what appears to be an obvious source.


Welcome to Sustainable Council, SCS’s newest blog series focusing on proven solutions to get you down the road to sustainability. Private and public entities are working to become truly sustainable and responsible in their operations and public works, meeting ESG and economic goals, but often identify a gap between their planned goals and accomplishments.  Every project with SCS moves you closer to those goals and can help inform your planning. We’ll publish tools, best practices, and regulatory alerts from our deep bench of experts and proven solutions to support your plans. Let’s kick off Sustainable Council with air monitoring advice from Jeff Leadford; take it away, Jeff.

SCS Engineers performs air dispersion modeling for industries and manufacturing throughout the United States. Still, there continues to be a strong focus on emission sources from the solid waste and energy industries, especially from the legal community. Air dispersion modeling is required by regulators when criteria pollutants’ potential to emit (PTE) reach certain thresholds or when toxic pollutants reach high enough emissions to require health risk assessments (HRA), among other more specific reasons. Common emission sources that are modeled at landfills, for example, include:

  • Fugitive emissions from the landfill surface
  • Landfill gas flares
  • Landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) engines
  • Particulate emissions from material handling and roads

Submitting air dispersion modeling that shows compliance with criteria pollutant ambient air quality standards (AAQS) or HRA thresholds is essential for these operations to remain compliant.

Emission Sources Case Study

A large landfill in the San Diego area recently submitted its annual toxic pollutant emissions to the San Diego Air Pollution and Control District (SDAPCD), and this emission level triggered HRA reporting. SCS obtained all needed site information from the landfill on emission source parameters and ran the EPA-preferred air dispersion model “AERMOD” to understand where these toxic pollutants were landing outside the property boundary and at what concentrations. AERMOD takes in source parameters such as exhaust velocity and stack height from a flare and combines that with the local terrain and meteorological data to determine these concentrations at ground level. Meteorological data from a recent 1-5 year period is generally required. Next, the output of AERMOD was run in “HARP2”, the Air Dispersion Modeling and Risk Tool created by the California Air Resource Board. HARP2 can take these ground-level concentrations and turn them into a number that describes the health risk (cancer, noncancer chronic, and acute) to a population living and working in the region.

All modeling was performed and submitted to SDAPCD, focusing on specific residences, businesses, and sensitive receptors such as schools and hospitals close to the landfill. The results showed that the landfill operations demonstrated negligible risk on the closest residences, businesses, and sensitive receptors. All required modeling files were submitted to SDAPCD, and a full HRA report with figures. The report was given SDAPCD approval after the SCS team satisfied all questions and correspondence with the agency.

The experience SCS has in air dispersion modeling, health risk assessment, and industry helps simplify this process for our landfill client. SCS performs numerous assessments of emission sources and, with our in-the-field experience, has streamlined the process to be as efficient as possible, saving time and money for our clients. For additional information, please reach out to Jeff Leadford, PE, or one of SCS’s nationwide offices.

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