Grant Williamson

Grant Williamson

Grant Williamson

Speaker | The Ground Up

Houston, TX | (281) 520-5426 | grant.williamson@thegroundup.com

USCC Member

Grant has a bachelor’s degree in finance, a master’s degree in business, and spent 5 of his 13 professional years in the biomass recycling and composting industry. The remainder has been in the oil & gas and construction industries in executive leadership roles managing small companies (<$30M annual revenue). He has made presentations to MUD boards, HOA boards, and large construction companies pitching services along with church congregations, serving on finance boards at two separate P.C.A. churches.

Presentation Title: A Newsworthy Mulch Fire & How To Avoid One

Session: Preparing For, Fighting, And Recovering From Fires At Your Facility

Time: Tuesday, January 29, 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Presentation Summary: The Ground Up has been in existence for over a decade and is a subsidiary of a global parent company known as Ceres Environmental. Ceres Environmental has been in the disaster relief and debris removal industry for over 30 years and is based in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (website link for reference: http://ceresenvironmental.com/). Ceres has been a part of storm debris removal and cleanup efforts around the globe and currently has ongoing projects/operations in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, Saint Croix (USVI), Saint Thomas, New Zealand, and various other continental states in the U.S.

I will present a detailed case study of the fire that took place at our Windfern location on the night of August 13th.It was well covered by most local news stations and I’ve included a couple web links for reference.I would show a few news clips of the fire after my introduction in order to get everyone’s attention and give my presentation a concrete story.I will cover the details leading up to the fire (weather, pile size, etc.), the nature and process of extinguishing the fire, and the repercussions of the fire (regulatory, press coverage, handling the affected material, etc.). I plan to use my fire as a case study and fill in the gaps with standard operating procedures and BMPs. As I work my way through the case study, I’d like to compare standard industry BMPs with reality and see how actual practices on my site could have been altered or, if followed properly, would have helped us avoid this situation.

See links below for reference:
https://www.click2houston.com/video/fire-crews-battling-a-mulch-fire-in-northwest-harris-county
https://www.khou.com/video/news/local/raw-video/raw-video-massive-mulch-fire-in-northwest-harris-county/285-8219403