Chris Voell, Manager – AgSTAR & Global Methane Initiative
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) – Climate Change Division, Washington, DC
Over his 30 year environmental career, Chris has been a champion for improved waste management practices and the capture and use of biogas methane for energy production. In his current role at USEPA, Chris is advancing capture and use of biogas both in the United States and globally from organic sources including manure, wastewater bio-solids, food residuals and landfills. Chris currently serves as Co-Chair of the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Agriculture Subcommittee and supports the activities of the GMI Waste and Wastewater Subcommittees. Over his career at USEPA, Chris has helped direct both the Landfill Methane Outreach and AgSTAR Programs – advocating for renewable energy production with greenhouse gas reductions in the solid waste and livestock sectors. Chris served as Director of Technical Services for the Solid Waste Association of North America for 13 years – advancing the state of practice of waste management in the United States. He has worked in the private sector for SCS Engineers, Cornerstone Environmental Group, BioCNG, and Aria Energy. Chris served on the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council and in cooperation with the dairy industry, USDA and USDOE is supporting implementation of the White House Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland and a Associates of Arts & Sciences degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College. Chris is married with three children and lives in Frederick, Maryland, USA.