Herman K. Walter, P. Eng
Herman Walter has dedicated his career to developing alternative electrical power projects and in the process helped Toronto earn an award from the United Nations for achieving the largest greenhouse gas reductions of any municipality in the world. Under Engineer Walter's leadership, Eastern Power, which he co-founded in 1986, has become Canada's leading designer, owner and operator of landfill gas power plants. The two plants serving Toronto were commissioned in the early 1990s. Together, the power plants eliminate the same volume of greenhouse gases as the volume generated by one million automobiles. They also reduce acid rain emissions by 4000 tonnes a year and provide enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 20,000 average homes. The resulting greenhouse gas reductions have earned Toronto an international reputation, and Engineer Walter the respect of the international environmental and engineering communities Recently, Engineer Walter patented Canada's first 100 per cent recycle, anaerobic digestion-based municipal waste system for unsorted household waste. This process, by a combination of recycling and reuse and conversion to electric power, is able to utilize 100 per cent of unsorted household waste with nothing left to landfill or incinerate. This extraordinary technology has the potential to single handedly enable Canada to meet its greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Kyoto agreement. Solving ecological problems through good engineering, Herman Walter continues to improve the quality of life for Canadians and the world.