John G. Waffenschmidt
John G. Waffenschmidt is Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs for Covanta Energy Corporation. He leads the company’s national outreach strategy as it relates to communities, regulators, academics, and non-governmental organizations as well as the development of programs to remove mercury from the waste-stream and from facility emissions. He has more than 20 years of experience in solid waste management and the Energy-from-Waste (EfW) industry. Mr. Waffenschmidt is also responsible for science-based approaches to understanding the EfW industry and the environmental effects of operations. In addition, he provides business development coordination/assistance and guidance on public policy initiatives related to solid waste management, energy and greenhouse gases. Notably, he has worked to develop Covanta’s Environmental Justice Policy, launch a Free Pharmaceutical Disposal program to eliminate surface water contamination by pharmaceuticals and curb abuse, and establish an Emissions Task Force focused on improving overall emissions.