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All events take place at Charleston Convention Center and Embassy Suites except Equipment Show at Bees Ferry

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Preconference Activities

Full and half-day workshops and tours (see details below)8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exhibitor move-in9:00 am - 5:00 pmExhibit Hall
BPI Membership meeting - Open Forum on Compostable Products followed by BPI Membership meeting:
An open forum to discuss the connection between food waste and compostable packaging. An extension of the CPTF and BPI's historic partnership with USCC, this meeting will provide a chance for composters, municipalities, compostable packaging companies, etc., to share and collaborate on barriers and opportunities. BPI will also give an overview of its current organization and future plans (Annual Meeting, open to all), including a strategic framework intended to bring a wider group of stakeholders together.
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting of USCC - Annual Membership Meeting of the US Composting Council and Annual Report of the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception6:00 - 8:00 pmExhibit Hall

Full and Half-Day Workshops and Tours

For workshops and tours details click HERE

Full Day

Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:00 – 4:00
Community Food Scrap Composting—Path To SuccessAthena Bradley, Natasha Duarte, Linda Bilsens Brolis and Brenda Platt8:30 - 4:30
Compost Business ManagementMark King and David Hill 8:30 – 4:30
Optimizing BMPs for Compost Facility Planning and ManagementTim O’Neill and Geoff Hill8:30 – 4:30

Half Day

Compost U—Moving Colleges and Universities Toward Zero Waste with Organics Recovery: Workshop 201Nicole Chardoul and Kelly Domino8:30 - noon
Odor Control for Windrow OperationsJeff Gage8:30 - noon
Basics of Aerated Static Pile (ASP) CompostingCraig Coker1:00 - 5:00
Introduction to BiocharJeff Novak, Jon Nilsson, Peter Hirst1:00 - 4:30
Compost Marketing for Public FacilitiesRon Alexander1:00 - 5:00


Compost2020 Sustainability Tour
Morning Tour:
8:00 - 12:00
Afternoon Tour:
1:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, January 29

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Diverting Organics: Case Studies from Stadia, Stores and Restaurants; Compostable Products White Paper

8:00 - 9:30 am
Starting Off on the Right Foot - Recycling, Composting, and Professional Soccer
Jon Klapperich, Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, Saint Paul, MN
Lessons Learned from Diverting Food Waste for Multinational Restaurants and Grocery Stores
Ryan Cooper, Rubicon Global, Atlanta, GA
It Takes a Team to Win: How Composting Plays a Critical Role in Zero Waste
Scott Jenkins, Green Sports Alliance, Portland, OR
Compostable Products: The Benefits and Challenges to Organics Processing Systems
Leslie Lukacs, Zero Waste Sonoma, Santa Rosa, CA

Biosolids Development Around the US and Guam

8:00 - 9:15 am
Degrading Polymers in Biosolids Composting
Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters, Saint Peters, MO
Development of Biosolids Composting in Guam
Todd Williams, Jacobs Engineering, South Lyon, MI
Marketing Biosolids Compost in the Northeast: Past, Present and Future
Mike Carignan, Agresource Inc., Rowley, MA

Municipal Composting 1: Building and Financing Yard Debris Facilities

8:00 - 9:15 am
Can a Small City Build Compost yard?
Tony Miano, City of Tempe, Tempe, AZ
Yard Waste Center CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) Development And Legacy Organic Stockpile Removal Considerations
Ryan Duckett, SCS Engineers, Midlothian, VA
Generating Municipal Revenue with Yard Waste
Robert Beaudoin, Lexington Compost Site, Lexington, MA

PFAS--Understanding the Impact of Florinated Hydrocarbons on Compost Manufacturers

8:00 - 9:15 am
Non-Stick legacy: PFAS in Composts
Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Belfast, ME
Fluorinated Chemicals in Compostable Products: A Certifier’s Perspective
Rhodes Yepsen, BPI, New York, NY
PFAS: A Compost Manufacturer's Perspective
Bill Brower, WeCare Denali, West Henrietta, NY
Exhibit Hall opens, coffee available8:00 am

Plenary: Welcomes, Opening Keynote

Moderator: Frank Franciosi, USCC
Opening Keynote from Katharine Wilkinson, Project Drawdown
Sponsored by Kellogg Garden Products
9:45 am - 11:15 pm
Visiting with Exhibitors
Lunch sponsored by your vendors
11:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Annual Meeting of STA Certified Compost program participants (Open to all)

Moderator: Hilary Nichols, USCC
The STA Certified Compost program is proud of the many successes we obtained this year. We encourage you to join us to discuss how you can effectively increase the use of the STA Certified Compost logo and answering any questions you have about the STA Certified Compost program.
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm


CCREF Presents Recent Compost Research: Parasites, Prions, and Urban Soil Rehabilitation

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Composting to Destroy Swine Parasites
Rick Carr, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA
Composting deactivation of CWD prions
Rob Michitsch, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
EQ Biosolids Benefits for Rehabilitating Urban Soils
Gregory Evanylo, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Taking Safety from the Office to the Jobsite: Principles and Best Practices

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Taking Safety from the Office to the Jobsite: What to Say and Do to Demonstrate Commitment
Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar Safety Services, Peoria, IL

Municipal Composting 2: Addressing Wasted Food through Reduction and Composting

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Providing Operational Guidance for Municipalities adding Food Scraps to a Yard Debris Composting Program
Coryanne Mansell, Center for EcoTechnology, Northampton, MA and Nora Goldstein, Biocycle, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Making Public Food Waste Drop-off Work in Florida
Joseph England, City of Orlando, Orlando, FL
10 Years in the Making: Case Study describing the City of San Diego Food Waste Composting Project from Pilot to Full Scale and Beyond
Burton Ewert, City of San Diego, Environmental Services Department, Miramar Greenery, San Diego, CA
Food Waste Reduction Efforts in Iowa Municipality
Jane Wilch, City of Iowa City, Iowa City, IA

Knowledge is Power: Deep Dive into the STA Certified Compost Program and How to Get the Most Out of It

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
The USCC STA Laboratory Certification Program
Robert Miller, Colorado State University, Soil and Crop Sciences Dept., Fort Collins, CO
Using the STA Program to Improve Market Development
Ronald Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
Break in Exhibit Hall3:15 - 4:15 pm


CCREF Supported Research Results: Air Emissions, Soluble Salts, Wetland Restoration

4:15 - 5:45 pm
Differently-Aged Organic Matter Amendments Change Reduced Iron in Soils of Restored Wetlands
Donald De Alwis, University of Maryland at College Park, Silver Spring, MD
Understanding Soluble Salts in Compost
David Weindorf, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Measuring Air Emissions from Composting Piles: A CCREF Whitepaper
Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Belfast, ME

Technological Innovations for Compost Manufacturers from Small Scale to Large

4:15 - 5:45 pm
Mobile Technology for Data Monitoring Efficiency
Sashti Balasundaram, WeRadiate, Getzville, NY
An Affordable, Commercial-Scale Rotating Drum Composter Designed to be Built For and By Medium-Sized Organizations.
John Culpepper, North Country School and Camp Treetops, Lake Placid, NY
Equipment Financing: Insider Tips and Tricks Every Business Needs to Know
Greg Pabich, Northland Capital, Saint Cloud, MN
The Art of Innovation: Lessons to help uncover your next big break through
Ted Dirkx, Vermeer, Pella, IA

Municipal Composting 3: There's Green in Them Thar Piles!

4:15 - 5:45 pm
Marketing Municipal Compost: Q&A with a Panel of Practitioners
Ronald Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
• Tim Gainer – City of Raleigh (Yard Debris)
• Elliot Schneider – City of St Peters (Biosolids and Yard Debris (separate products))
• Jeff Ziegenbein – Inland Empire Utilities Agency (Biosolids)

Mini-workshop: Understanding Soil Specs and How to Meet Them

4:15 - 5:45 pm
Miniworkshop: Understanding and Meeting Specifications for Blended Byproducts as Soil Substitutes and Bioretention Media
Gregory Evanylo, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Exhibit Hall closes5:00 pm
Vermeer Reception (open to all)6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 30

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Exhibit Hall opens8:00 am


College and University Composting 1: The Small(er) School Experience

8:30 - 10:00 am
Composting on Campus - Introducing A Best Practice Guide
Speaker info coming soon
Industrial Composting on a University Campus
Julianna Keeling, Washington and Lee University, Terravive LLC, Glen Allen, VA
How Partnerships Led to the Collection of 1,000,000 Pounds of Organics!
Lindsay Klingenschmidt, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
From Farm to Fork to Farm: The Furman University Case Study
Bruce Adams, Furman University, Greenville, SC

Addressing Physical Contamination: Case Studies and A Novel Approach

8:30 - 10:00 am
The Potential of Hermitia illucens as a Method to Efficiently Remove Compost Contamination
David Haines, Furman University, Greenville, SC
Pre-Processing for Contamination Removal and Fuel Savings
Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger, Hood River, OR
Role of the Compost Manufacturer Alliance
Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance, Port Orchard, WA
Contamination - Solvable or Not
Bob Yost, A1 Organics Eaton, CO

Public Private Partnerships in South Carolina and Virginia

8:30 - 10:00 am
Filling the Void: The Tools to Develop & Implement Powerful, Profitable Composting Partnerships
Mitch Kessler, Kessler Consulting, Inc, Tampa, FL
Don't Waste Food SC Campaign: Improving the Soil Conditions for the SC Economy
Richard Chesley, SC Department of Environmental Control, Columbia, SC
Benefits (and Trade-offs) of a Public-Private Partnership
Douglas Ross, Freestate Farms LLC, Manassas, VA
Commercial Composting in Schools
Leslie Rodgers, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC

Growing Your Market: DOTs, Urban Applications

8:30 - 10:00 am
The Marketing Faces of Compost (The Marketing Phases of Compost)
Luis Chamorro, The Ground Up, Houston, TX
Furthering Compost Use by Departments of Transportation
Charles Duprey, Naturcycle, Plainville, NY
Collaboration and the Compost End Market in Denver
Tay Dunklee, City & County of Denver, Denver, CO
Break in exhibit hall10:00 - 11:00 am


College and University Composting 2: Lessons from the Large(r) Campus

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Composting on Campus - Introducing the A Best Practice Guide
Speaker info coming soon
Compost Happens! At Iowa State University and Your School Next!
Carissa Moyna, Iowa State University Student, Ames, IA
Employing Compostables for Food Waste Capture and Tonnage Diversion at University of Washington
Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance, Port Orchard, WA
Using On-Campus Food Recovery and Composting to Advance Institutional Operations, Engagement, and Research Around Food system sustainability
Gina Talt, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Persistent Herbicides in Compost: Identifying the Problem, Exploring Solutions

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Persistent Herbicides in Compost: Identifying the Problem, Exploring Solutions
Tera Lewandowski, Scotts Miracle Gro, Marysville, OH
Update on Lab Testing Availability
Daniel Goosen, Chittenden Solid Waste District, Williston VT and Green Mountain Compost, Williston, VT
Persistent Herbicides in Compost: An Organic Certifier’s Perspective
Everett Codd, OMRI, Eugene, OR
Recent Studies on Prevalence and Herbicide Breakdown
Fred Michel, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
How Do You Avoid PH Contamination, and What Do You Do When You Have It
Craig Coker, Coker Composting and Consulting, Troutville, VA

Financial Planning and Analysis for Compost Manufacturers

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Benchmarking your Facility's Financials
Russell Faldik, New Earth Compost, San Antonio, TX
Compost Operations Cost Analysis - How to Account for Your Time and Money
Shota Austin, Tank's Green Stuff, Tucson, AZ

Step It Up a Notch: Deeper Understandings of Market Forces and Opportunities

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Compost Use in Green Infrastructure
Ryan Cerrato, WeCare Denali, LLC, Aston, PA
Compost Use in Hemp Production in Upstate South Carolina
Jim Davis, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
Affects of Phosphorous Regulation on Compost Sales
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
Networking with Vendors
Lunch available to purchase
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Trade show closes2:30 pm


Emissions and Composting: Sequestering Carbon, Predicting Greenhouse Gas Impacts, Connecting Regulations to Science
(A Proposal)

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Utilizing Life Cycle Assessment for Predicting Greenhouse Gas Reductions with Composting
Michael Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Tech, Bainbridge Island, WA
Compost Air Emissions: A Process Quality Approach to Controlling Emissions and Informing Effective Design Standards and Regulations
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA
Digging Deeper: How Compost and Cover Cropping Sequester Soil Carbon
Jessica Chiartas, UC Davis, Davis, CA

Biochar and Compost: Exploring the Synergies

2:00 - 3:30 pm
The Impact of Cool Terra on Compost Development and Quality
Keith Vodrazka, Cool Planet, Greenwood Village, CO
Biochar Co-composting: The Soil Food Web at Commercial Scale
Peter Hirst, SymSoil, Inc, Palo Alto, CA
Biochar feedstock influences compost pile temperature and available nitrogen
Doug Collins, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Puyallup, WA
3 Years of Biochar Co-Composting
Stan Slaughter, Missouri Organic Recycling, Kansas City, MO

Rural and Urban Community Composting

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Rural and Urban Partnerships Benefit Community and Industrial Composters
Linda Bilsens Brolis, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC
Community Composting: Building Resiliency in Rural and Small Town Communities
Athena Lee Bradley, Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), Brattleboro, VT
Community Composting: Lessons from Baltimore City, MD
Ava Richardson, Baltimore City Government, Baltimore, MD

Mini-Workshop: Best Practices in Using Social Media

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Social Media in Today's Business Landscape
Ashley Caldwell, The Modern Connection, Charleston, SC

Closing Celebration

Annual Awards
Closing Keynote with Dr Sally Brown "Revised Ranking: the True Value of Compost"
Sponsored by WeCare Denali
3:45 - 5:45 pm
Vermeer Reception (Open to All) 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Young Professionals Reception6:00 - 9:00 pm

Friday, January 31

Equipment Show and Demonstrations at Bees Ferry Compost Site

7:30 amShuttle buses start and will run all day
8:00 amWelcome and breakfast
all dayDisplay equipment available to view and discuss with vendors
8:30 amWindrow Turners
Mixing and Application equipment
9:30 amGrinders and Shredders
11:40 amScreeners
12:00 pmLunch provided
1:00 pmRepeat all demonstrations
2:00 pmVendors available to discuss equipment
3:00 pmLast bus leaves