Vanguard Renewables Receives Environmental Leadership Award from Northeast Recycling Council
February 14, 2022
Vanguard Renewables was awarded the 2022 Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award at NERC’s Fall Conference recently held in Connecticut.
Vanguard Renewables was recognized by NERC for its impact on organics recycling. The company’s Farm Powered® solution captures greenhouse gas emissions from dairy manure and food and beverage waste to create renewable energy via anaerobic digestion. Since 2014, the company has recycled nearly 2 million tons of organic waste, mitigating more than 950 thousand tons of greenhouse gas emissions or the equivalent of planting more than 16 million trees.
Vanguard Renewables works with multi-generational dairy farms to build and operate anaerobic digesters to generate renewable energy. The process benefits the environment by mitigating greenhouse gases and provides farm partners with a diversified income stream, low-carbon and nutrient-dense fertilizer, and bedding for the herd.
The company owns and operates seven facilities in New England, including an organics recycling facility in Massachusetts, and six on-farm anaerobic digesters in Massachusetts and Vermont. They also currently operate four manure-only digesters on behalf of their partner Dominion Energy.
Vanguard partners with food and beverage manufacturers to divert their food or beverage waste, which cannot be used to feed the hungry or to feed animals, to one of Vanguard’s on-farm digesters. The renewable natural gas that is created through the Farm Powered process is upgraded for injection into the existing natural gas infrastructure to power homes, businesses, and communities.
Vanguard Renewables is growing and plans to expand its anaerobic digestion facilities to over 150 sites across the United States by 2026.