Thursday, September 12, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Continuing the conversation started at last year’s Energy and Water Nexus Summit, this year’s Summit will cover topics including the California Water Bond, Desalination, Water and Energy Needs for Food Production, Processing and Transport, and Water and Energy Development.
When: Thursday, September 12, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: The Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39, San Francisco
Who: Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
Harlan Kelly, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Tim Quinn, Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies
Ron Davis, Executive Director, CalDesal
Dr. Val Frenkel, Director of Membrane Technologies, ARCADIS
Dr. Ned Spang, Program Manager, UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
….and many more
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Member Spotlight: Schnitzer Steel Industries
On July 1, the Bay Planning Coalition staff received a private tour of Schnitzer Steel Industries’ facility on the Oakland harbor. Schnitzer is one of several recyclers and exporters of scrap metal on the West Coast and operates its Oakland facility on approximately 34 acres between the Charles P. Howard Terminal (SSA & Matson) and a Port owned truck parking facility. Schnitzer Steel, the only privately held piece of property on the Oakland waterfront, has been in operation since 1965.
Schnitzer’s terminal is designed to receive scrap metal via truck, barge, and railcar. The latter modes of transportation, barge and rail, allow the company to remove trucks off the already congested regional highways. Schnitzer Steel, which has its own ship loading crane, regularly loads cargo in five hold Handy-Max ship vessels with various grades of scrap steel to be exported to one of 15 countries around the world. In addition, containers full of ferrous and non-ferrous metals are loaded and transported to local export terminals and shipped via ocean freight to their customers overseas. The material is then made into finished steel products ranging from highway infrastructure to structural supports and even computer components.
Although you wouldn’t think green when you first stepped onto Schnitzer’s (remarkably clean) facility, they are in fact an incredibly sustainable operation. Ranked in the Fortune 1000 list of companies and publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol SCHN, Schnitzer diverts thousands of tons of ferrous and non-ferrous metals away from California landfills. Through containment and capture of the rainwater that falls on their facility, Schnitzer is able to reuse this water to cool their shredder, drastically reducing the amount of potable water consumption at the facility. The powerful metal shredder can shred a crushed car in less than 30 seconds and in 2011 alone Schnitzer recycled more than 1.6 million old cars, resulting in 14.1 billion fewer pounds of CO2 equivalents being emitted as greenhouse gases. At times running all night long, their shredder processes crushed cars, old machinery, and scrap metal of all sorts. They provide raw materials for steel milling that might instead have to come from polluting, fossil-fuel intensive mining operations. Through the use of powerful magnets and a proprietary Joint Products process, they extract as much shred of usable metal as possible from the scrap that they take in. Schnitzer also provides over 100 well-paying, full time union jobs.
In addition to metal processing and recycling, Schnitzer’s integrated operating platform includes its auto parts (Pick ‘N Pull) and steel manufacturing businesses. The Company’s auto parts business sells used auto parts through its 61 self-service facilities located in 16 states and Western Canada. With an effective annual production capacity of approximately 800,000 tons, the Company’s steel manufacturing business produces finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products.
Schnitzer was recently named the “Scrap Company of the Year” at the America Metal Market’s 2013 Awards for Excellence. Staff told us that their facility could easily accept even more metal than they are currently processing.
Schnitzer Steel Products
1101 Embarcadero West Oakland CA 94607
Contact: Jackie Lynn Ray, Public Affairs Manager