Sustainable Solutions for Converting Forest Waste to Advanced Renewable Fuels
America’s great forests are on fire due to disease, drought, and climate change. Our mission is to help solve this environmental problem sustainably.
By removing fire-prone forest slash piles and diseased trees, we can help reduce the incidence of catastrophic forest fires. We convert these waste materials to advanced renewable fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Simultaneously, we work hand-in-hand with local communities to create jobs and spur economic growth.
Linda-Rose Myers is founder and president of EcoTech Biofuels, LLC, with over 25 years of technical project management experience. For more than a decade, Ms. Myers and her team of experts have been providing communities with environmentally sustainable and cost-saving solutions to converting waste materials into energy and advanced synfuels, instead of burning or landfilling.
Ms. Myers is the lead developer since late 2017 for the Black Hills project, which is sponsored by the Black Hills National Forest, because it will greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic fires. As a result, the Company has been asked to do similar projects in the entire Rocky Mountain region.
Ms. Myers was one of the authors of the City of Los Angeles Zero Waste Report (March 2013), with Prof. Eugene Tseng and others, in a study commissioned by the LA Bureau of Sanitation. The report reviewed the City’s progress towards its “Zero Waste-to-Landfill” goals and made recommendations to successfully achieve that goal by 2015.
Ms. Myers was one of the primary authors of the City of Vernon AB 341 Policy for Waste Management, which has been adopted by dozens of other California cities.
Graduate Certification in Waste Management, Recycling and Waste Transformation Technologies; further post-grad study included LEED architecture and Solar Engineering (UCLA-Ext Engineering and Technology).
B.S. Syracuse University, business administration and communications
MFA, University of Southern California
Daniel Parker is a Senior Chemical Engineer with 44 years of experience in the development, design, construction and commissioning of heavy industrial processes.
Among Mr. Parker’s roles during his decades of experience as a renewable energy consultant:
Expert advisor to the Canadian Government’s Clean Growth Program.
Provided independent third-party verification of technology and capability to the US-EPA for renewable fuel producers.
Technology Auditor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Included in his extensive biomass to energy portfolio are the following:
Project manager for a biomass gas to liquid fuels project
Fluidized Bed Furnace – Engineering and design for the retrofitting of an existing wood refuse fuel dryer with a fluidized bed furnace.
75 MW Turbine Generator – Detailed design and engineering for the installation of an automatic extraction condensing turbine including high voltage power lines to utility and all auxiliary equipment.
Waste Fuel Boiler As-Built – Complete as-built of the instrumentation and controls. Project included P&ID’s, Loops and SAMA diagrams.
Graduate Certificate, Statistics 1986
Electrical Engineering 1985
Chemical Engineering 1977
Dimitris Klapsis, the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer, is a licensed Architect in California and the European Union, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a founding member of the Company.
Mr. Klapsis’ 25-year plus project experience includes a diverse set of architectural solutions, from the $700M USC Village, the largest new development in South Los Angeles; Del Mar Station, which won the Congress for the New Urbanism Award for mixed-use transit development; the new Metrolink commuter station in Santa Clarita, California; a $750 million Arrowhead Medical Center in San Bernardino County, and the new City of Glendale Police Facility.
His dedication to sustainable design solutions has been vital to such projects as the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council, LEED Platinum-rated; and the Taylor Yard Parcel “C” Master Plan, a 24-acre mixed-use LEED for Neighborhood Development project in Los Angeles, California.
His presentations on sustainability include the Congress for New Urbanism X, the Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo; the United States Green Building Council Annual Members Summit, and the Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Bachelor, Architecture
University of Southern California, Masters Architecture
Certification: LEED AP BD+C
Member: California Architects Board
CPA, CGMA, EDFP
Mr. Byrne is a CPA with 43 years of experience including providing consulting in business structure, tax, feasibility studies, financial modeling, business plan preparation, equity meetings for organizations, start-up management, and grant applications.
Mr. Byrne has served in the following roles during his career:
- Tax and Biotech Manager for CarlsonSV, LLP
- CFO and COO of a non-GMO/organic food ingredient processing company
- Leader in the development of large-scale renewable biomass projects worldwide including ethanol, algae, agriculture waste, biodiesel, and wind projects by coordinating from concept to construction
EDUCATION and CERTIFICATIONS:
- B.S. in Accounting, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Minnesota
- Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), USA
- Certified Economic Development Financing Professional, The National Development Council. Emphasis: Business Credit Analysis, The Art of Deal Structuring, & Real Estate Finance
- American Institute of Public Accounting – Member since 1981
- Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants – Member since 1980
- Governor Appointee – Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force 2003-2011