first_imgCasella Waste Systems Inc,John Casella, chairman and chief executive of Casella Waste Systems, started his Rutland-based business in 1975, working with his brother and one garbage truck. In 1977, Casella Waste opened Vermont’s first recycling center.Fast forward to 2009: The company has grown into a national leader in recycling, reduction of landfill greenhouse gas emissions, and the generation of renewable energy. At its five gas-to-energy landfills, Casella Waste captures the methane that is produced by waste and converts it into electricity that can be distributed over the grid. The 25 megawatts of power produced by methane capture is enough to power 25,000 homes and results in substantial emissions reductions.These achievements and others have prompted Vermont Law School to choose John Casella as its recipient for the first annual Green Business Innovators Award, which will be presented at the law school on February 27 at 4 p.m. in Oakes Classroom 012. Following the award presentation, Casella will address VLS students, faculty and guests. The public is invited to attend.In January, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program honored Casella Waste Systems with its 2008 Industry Partner of the Year award for its work in reducing methane emissions. John Casella is a charter member of the EPA Climate Leaders program.”We believe that waste is no longer just a throw-away, but is instead a raw material for manufacturing new products and a resource for producing clean energy.” – John Casellalast_img