GACC South to Organize German American Bioenergy Conference

ATLANTA - Sept. 21, 2015 - PRLog -- ATLANTA, September 21, 2015 – The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. (GACC South) is pleased to announce the German American Bioenergy Conference. At this conference, participants will meet industry leaders to discuss the updates of the bioenergy sector in Germany and the USA. The focus of the event is to facilitate dialogue and provide examples of best practices, highlight local projects, and discuss challenges and possible solutions.

Date:Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST

Venue: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

The following experts from the bioenergy industry will speak at the event:

Dr. Peter Heck, CEO of the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), as well as GAIATECH Consult, both of which focus on environmental management. Additionally, Dr. Heck is a professor at the Birkenfeld Environmental Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Trier, where he teaches material flow management.
Risher A. Willard is the Chief of Marketing & Utilization for the Georgia Forestry Commission, which provides marketing and technical services such as bioenergy and carbon offset projects, ecosystem services evaluations, and forest certification training to existing and potential forest products industries.
Dr. Jacek Siry is a professor of Forest Economics at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. His research includes timber market modeling, international forestry and conservation, forest management efficiency, and multiple-use natural resource management.
Stephen E. O’Day is a partner at the law firm Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP and head of the firm’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Practices, which include environmental and natural resources law, sustainability practice, and energy law. Further, Mr. O’day serves on the board of the Green Chamber of the South Foundation.

The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Detlev Ruenger, will give the opening remarks.

Please note that prior registration is required. Coffee, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This conference was made possible through support from the Klimafonds, a German fund designed to support climate protection in the host countries of German embassies and consulates worldwide.

For further questions, please contact Sonja Sobota at

Media Contact:

Stefanie Jehlitschka

About the GACC South:

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South) was founded in 1978 to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the U.S. The GACC South is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with a branch office in Houston, Texas and serves the 13 Southern states and territories of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South

Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the US Virgin Islands. Five local chapters, located in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, are supporting the region.

The GACC South is a private, non-profit organization and serves as the official representative of German industry and trade in the Southern US. It is part of an international network composed of 120 German foreign chambers of commerce and government offices in 80 countries. The GACCs are one of the largest bi-national chambers in the United States.

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