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{Past Event} - Climate/Energy Series: Energy Independent Health Care Campus From Landfill Gas

October 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm - October 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Daylight Time


Gundersen Health System's Onalaska Campus has become the first known energy independent multi-building health care facility in the United States. La Crosse County landfill had previously been wasting (flaring) off renewable landfill biogas for decades. The two teamed up to create this unique project. Landfill gas is now rerouted about 1.5 miles underground to an engine genset on Gundersen's Onalaska Campus. The genset uses the biogas as a fuel to run the engine and spin a generator creating electricity. Heat from the engine and exhaust is recovered and used to heat the hot water and buildings on the campus. This presentation will discuss this project from concept to operation. It will share lesson's learned and benefits. The benefits on this type of project are many - reduce the cost of health care, improve the environment, improve health, revenue stream for the county, economic benefit to our regional economy, energy independence and more.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities of a landfill gas to energy project.
  • Demonstrate the partnerships needed to make a project like this a success.
  • Understand some of the technical data needed to determine if a project is feasible elsewhere.
  • Understand benefits and resources available to help.


Corey Zarecki, Director of Envision® Engineering and Operations, Gundersen Lutheran Health System

Corey is responsible for the technical engineering support and operations for Gundersen Lutheran Envision®. He develops and oversees construction for renewable energy projects, and manages the daily operations of the Gundersen Lutheran Envision portfolio. Additionally, he identifies new project opportunities, fosters partnerships and drives operational improvements, which help to advance the Gundersen Lutheran Envision brand. In his time at Gundersen Lutheran, Corey also initiated and led business solutions and process improvement as an efficiency improvement leader. Prior to joining Gundersen Lutheran in 2008, Corey was employed as the director of Customer Satisfaction and Six Sigma for Trane Commercial Systems. During his eight-year career with Trane, he also held positions of Six Sigma leader and certified Six Sigma-Lean master black belt driving business solutions through process improvement philosophies. He served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of peers around the world. Prior to his work at Trane, Corey held a number of project engineering and leadership roles at several chemical companies.

Corey received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a patent for high density printed circuit substrate and method of fabrication.


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