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ICYMI: Recorded Webinar Turning Trash into Energy in South Chicago

Listen now to a FREE recorded webinar on best practices in anaerobic digestion initiatives in South Chicago. The webinar highlights a project that uses anaerobic digestion (AD) to divert organic waste from landfills to produce renewable energy and nutrient-rich soil. This will empower communities in South Chicago to increase organic waste recycling, create renewable energy and expand healthy food production.

Learn more about the webinar’s expert speakers below: 

Name: Linda Yang
Firm: Terracon
Title: Senior Principal/Regional Manager
Ms. Linda Yang, P.G. is Terracon's senior principal/regional manager overseeing the engineering consulting services in Illinois and Wisconsin. Working with the USEPA and the Illinois EPA, Ms. Yang has led the team working with various municipalities, non-for-profits and developers on their brownfields properties assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment planning. She led the Greener Cleanups/ASTM E2893-13 pilot study and greener cleanup quantitative analyses in 2013 and 2014, and the pilot study work is posted on the Illinois EPA’s website. Ms. Yang is well sought out to share her brownfields and sustainability experience in the communities including the 2013 National Brownfields Conference in Atlanta, USEPA’s Greener Cleanups ASTM Standard Training in 2014, Battelle 2015 International Bioremediation Symposium, 2015 Construction Management Association Conference and National Brownfields Conference in Chicago in 2015. Ms. Yang received her B.S. and M.S. in Geology and MBA (Distinct) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. She is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Illinois.
Name: Keary Cragan
Firm: US EPA Region 5
Title: Project manager
Keary Cragan is a brownfields project manager with US EPA Region 5 in Chicago. She has been managing federally-funded remediation and sustainable redevelopment projects in the Midwest for over 20 years. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a research assistant in the UW-Solar Energy Laboratory.
Name: Jason Feldman
Firm: Green Era Sustainability
Title: CEO
Jason Feldman is co-founder & CEO of Green Era Sustainability. Green Era develops, owns and operates facilities that provide communities with a sustainable waste management solution by harnessing urban food waste to produce renewable energy and high-value natural compost and fertilizer products to support urban agriculture expansion. Jason has extensive business experience and serves an integral role as co-chair of the Growing Power Chicago Advisory Board. Through his work, he was awarded the Keep Chicago Beautiful Urban Agriculture Vision Award and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Chicago SustainABILITY Leadership Award. Jason is a frequent speaker on sustainability at venues such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.

This webinar was funded by the U.S. EPA via the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN). Learn more at