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The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) Business Resource Committee is hosting a series of webinars: New Opportunities for Climate Resilience and the Circular Economy. This webinar series seeks to support regional leadership for a more resilient economy including by strengthening existing business operations and attracting new businesses, advancing resilient economic opportunities in coastal Alabama.


First installment

Title: Carbon Capture and Sequestration Economic Opportunities

Overview: An overview of carbon capture featuring industry leaders and government experts discussing economic opportunities, and regional and government initiatives.

Date & Time: May 29, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Central Time

Featured Speakers

Noah Deich, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management (FECM).

Noah oversees FECM’s Carbon Management program, which focuses on minimizing the climate and environmental impacts of fossil energy through technology pathways, including carbon capture, carbon dioxide (CO2) removal, CO2 conversion into products, reliable CO2 storage, and hydrogen production with carbon management.

John Northington, Director of the National Carbon Capture Center, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored research facility managed and operated by Southern Company.

John has responsibility for Southern Company’s current, emerging and future research programs in carbon storage, carbon utilization, direct air capture, steam methane reforming with carbon capture, biomass energy production with carbon capture and natural systems, as well as sustainability.

Richard Esposito, Program Manager, Geosciences and Carbon Management

Southern Company. Richard has more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry and currently serves as the program manager of geosciences and carbon management in the research and development organization at Southern Company.


Noah Deich presentation

National Carbon Capture Center presentation

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Second installment

Title: Circular Economy

Overview: An overview of the circular economy featuring industry leaders discussing innovative nature-based and holistic solutions to advance the principles of circularity.

Date & Time: June 20th, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Central Time

Featured Speakers

Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity, GreenBiz Group:

Jon is the VP of Circularity and Senior Analyst at GreenBiz Group, a media and events company that works to accelerate the just transition to a clean economy.

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Notpla:

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez is a Designer, Architect, and Inventor. He is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Notpla, a start-up with the goal of making plastic packaging disappear.

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