Feb 19: Green Drinks on plastic to energy

Come and meet an exciting, experienced entreprenuer with a wide-range of experiences launching an innovative gasification techology that turns waste plastic into an alternative energy source.

Gerald Driggs is the CEO of a newly formed company called EcoClean Burners Incorporated. He has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, manager and strategic business planner. He is trained as an organizational development specialist and has applied those skills to various business ventures. He successfully launched three companies of his own in information technology fields creating information management applications such as outcome management systems for social service organizations and state-wide billing systems for special education services that have been replicated throughout the United States. He has served as COO in two “turn around” situations (one with an internationally recognized eco-fashion design and manufacturing firm), and with a Pittsburgh-based marketing firm. Most recently he served as the CEO of a consulting firm supporting more than 35 small businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania pursuing socially responsible business ventures. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

EcoClean Burners is commercializing a pioneering combustion and burner technology that uses non-recyclable plastic as its fuel source. This alternative clean energy source creates heat that is used in traditional commercial (non-residential) boiler systems to produce hot water heat at a fraction of the costs now associated with traditional fuels such as heating oil and natural gas. The combustion technology is the first commercially viable application that uses waste plastic as a clean and efficient fuel source.

The EcoClean business uses unwanted and non-recyclable post-consumer plastic wastes from agricultural operations, recycling centers (curb-side pick-up), and certain commercial manufacturing establishments. These plastics will be processed by EcoClean and used as a clean burning fuel for heating buildings such as agricultural greenhouses, office buildings, commercial warehouses and any other building equipped with hot water boiler systems. We estimate that EcoClean burners will burn more than 150,000,000 pounds of waste plastic over the next 60 months.

This plastic-derived fuel technology creates new standards for other traditional fuel sources as well as other alternative energy sources to meet. Plastic waste is a by-product of either petroleum or natural gas. By using waste plastic as the basis of our certified fuel products, we are gasifying plastic back to its original molecular form and creating a new and clean energy source.

Green Drinks is back in downtown Pittsburgh -- at a great new home -- ready to have fun, meet new people, and socialize after work the 3rd Friday of February. Good eats and organic beer (free while it lasts).

5-9 p.m. at Mitchell's Restaurant, Bar & Banquet Center ( www.mitchells.tv ), 304 Ross St (at Third Avenue), Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 471-3663; 2nd floor; smoke free.

Get Map & Directions »

For Port Authority Bus Routes: http://www.portauthority.org
What is Green Drinks?
Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from Non profit, academia, labor, government, media and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there's always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.

These events are simple and unstructured. Make friends, develop new ideas, do deals and forge a new organic future. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help its spreading to other cities. Green Drinks meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM...or later!! Put it in your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month.

2010 Calendar - Save these Dates: March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

Pittsburgh Green Drinks Data Sheet:
WHAT: The world-famous Green Drinks
WHEN: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
STATUS: Informal, self-organizing network
GLOBAL: Now active in 514 cities worldwide! Every month globally since 1989, locally since 2005. Average attendance: 90
RULE: Third Friday of every month
Mitchell's on Ross St. at Third
HOW: Walk, cycle, bus, boat, taxi or drive
WHO: Anyone working on environmental issues or who wants to!
WHY: Fun, contacts, alcohol, info, gossip, inspiration, business and pleasure
NEW: Just go up to someone and say "are you green?", and you'll be made welcome

still have more questions, comments or ideas, send to:pittsburghgreendrinks@gmail.com

Pittsburgh Green Drinks Logo

No comments: