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Monday, January 24, 2022

Preconference Activities

Exhibitor move inall dayExhibit Hall 1/2
Full and half-day workshops and tours (see details below)8:00-4:30 pm
BPI Membership Meeting - open to all3:30 - 4:30 pmBallroom B
Annual Membership Meeting of the US Composting Council and Annual Meeting of the Compost Research and Education Foundation - open to all5:00 - 6:00 pmBallroom B
Welcome Reception6:00 - 8:00 pmExhibit Hall 1/2

Full and Half-Day Workshops and Tours

For workshops and tours details click HERE

Full Day

Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:00 – 4:30 pmRoom 6A
Adding Food Waste to your Compost FacilityJeff Gage, Michael Bryan Brown, Orion Black-Brown and Jake Saavedra9:00 - 4:30 pmRoom 5
Compost Sales & Marketing – from Waste to WealthRyan Cerrato and Emma Yates9:00 - 4:30 pmRoom 4AB

Half Day

Compost Carbon ConnectionSally Brown, Andrew Carpenter, Scott Subler1:00 - 4:30 pmRoom 6B


Austin Large-Scale Composting Tour
Join us for a tour of one of the primary facilities processing organics from the City of Austin, Organics By Gosh, processing a wide variety source-separated organics into bulk and bagged products.
Bus 1 Departs 8:15 returns 11:30
Bus 2 Departs 10:15 returns 1:30

Tuesday, January 25

ICAW Breakfast

Meeting sponsored by:
7:00 am - 8:00 amRoom 7
Learn more about International Compost Awareness Week and how you can get involved helping in your state or community.

Click on speaker’s name to read the description of the talk


8:15 - 9:45 am

Session 1A, Business Track, Start Up Financing

Moderator: Eileen Banyra, Community Compost Company
8:15 - 9:45 amMeeting Room 4
Financing Vehicles for Compost Producers
Laurel Cohen, Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, Durham, NC
Start-Up Fundraising
Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders+Tilth Soil, Cleveland, OH
How to Land a Venture Capital/Private Equity Investor for Your Organics Recycling Business
Kamal Daghistani, Spring Lane Capital, Boston, MA

Session 1B, Advocacy and Policy Track, Carbon Economy

Moderator: Shawn Bruckman, Vail Honeywagon
8:15 - 9:45 amMeeting Room 5
A Circular Economy to Scale Carbon Farming and Compost Infrastructure
Anthony Myint, Zero Foodprint, San Francisco, CA
Drawdown Georgia, A Case Study On Composting As A Mechanism to Address Global Warming
J. Mullen, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Update on Composting and Carbon Credits
Scott Subler, Climeco, State College, PA

Session 1C, Compostable Products Track, Accepting and Rejecting Guidance and Experience; The Road to Addressing Issues

Moderator: Leslie Rodgers, Atlas Organics
Track sponsored by:
8:15 - 9:45 amMeeting Room 8
The USCC Guide to Accepting or Rejecting Compostable Products
Cary Oshins, US Composting Council, Troy, NY
Considering Perspectives on the Decision to Accept Compostable Products
Coryanne Mansell, Center for EcoTechnology, Northampton, MA
The BPI Roadmap to Overcoming Challenges to Compostable Product Acceptance
Rhodes Yepsen, BPI, New York, NY

Session 1D, Operations Track, Fundamentals, Hybrids and Safety

Moderator: Bob Schanz, Barnes Nursery
8:15 - 9:45 amMeeting Room 9
Compost Operations Management – Fundamentals and Beyond
Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Hybrid Approach to Composting
Greg McCarron, SCS Engineers, Suffern, NY
Unknown Safety Hazards at Compost Facilities
Faneuil Alston Sandzen, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC

Session 1E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, P in my Compost? Navigating Challenges to Phosphorus Limits

Moderator: Noel Lyons, McGill Compost
8:15 - 9:45 amMeeting Room 6
Effects of Phosphorus Applications
Sally Brown, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Compost and Phosphorus: Managing Regulations and Risks
Ronald Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
Specialty Product- Phosphorus Fortified Compost
Brian Jerose, Agrilab Technologies Inc., Enosburg Falls, VT


Moderator: Frank Franciosi, USCC
Sponsored by:
10:00 - 11:30 amBallroom A
Deep in the Heart of Compost
Chad Hymas, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., Stockton, UT

Sponsored by:


11:30 - 12:30 pmExhibit Hall 1/2
Bob Rynk, lead editor, will be signing copies of the just-published The Composting Handbook, sold by and benefitting the Compost Research and Education Foundation. Copies of the book will be available for sale


11:30 - 1:45 pmExhibit Hall 1/2
Enjoy lunch sponsored by your Exhibitors!

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

12:30 - 1:30 pmRoom 6
Moderator and Speaker: Hilary Nichols, USCC, Raleigh, NC
The Market Development Committee’s Mission is to make STA Certified Compost the Gold Standard for Compost Use. Learn how your company can be ahead of the curve and part of the movement.


1:45 - 3:15 pm

Session 2A, Business Track, Funding the Expansion

Moderator: Michael Castellarin, Clairvest
Session sponsored by:
1:45 - 3:15 pmMeeting Room 4
Achieving Growth with a Private Equity Partner
Michael Castellarin, Clairvest Group Inc., Toronto, ON
How Closed Loop Partners is Funding Industry Growth
Hannah Friedman, Closed Loop Partners, New York, NY
The Crowd-Funded Debt Option
Dora Rankin, Honeycomb Credit, Walton Hills, OH
Funding Infrastructure and Growth
Gary Nihart, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
Funding Dirt Hugger's Growth
Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger, Dallesport, WA

Session 2B, Advocacy and Policy Track, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in the Composting Industry

Moderator: Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Common Ground Compost
1:45 - 3:15 pmMeeting Room 5
Overview of Environmental Justice Considerations and Laws
Ash Glover-Ganapathiraju, Ojaswe, Seattle, WA
EJ and the Compost Industry: Moderated Panel
Jesi Cruz, Common Ground Compost
Samantha Winkle, Waste Connections
Ash Glover-Ganapathiraju, Ojaswe, Seattle, WA

Session 2C, Compostable Products Track, Compostable Product Labeling, Legislation and other Policies

Moderator: Renaud des Rosiers, Amy's Kitchen
Track sponsored by:
1:45 - 3:15 pmMeeting Room 8
Voluntary Approach: Eligibility, Labeling, and Identification Requirements and Guidance at BPI
Wendell Simonson, BPI, Boulder, CO
Regulatory Approach: Review of Policies and Legislation for Compostable Products - Labeling, EPR, and Organic Standards
Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition, Sacramento, CA
Rhodes Yepsen, BPI, New York, NY

Session 2D, Operations Track, Safe Operations

Moderator: Sarah Bullock, St. Louis Composting
1:45 - 3:15 pmMeeting Room 9
What Does Safety Look Like For You?
Chad Hymas, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., Stockton, Utah

Sponsored by:

Session 2E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Developing New Compost-Based Products and Blends

Moderator: Allison Lee Forstmann, RecultivateNY
1:45 - 3:15 pmMeeting Room 6
Developing Soil / Media Mixes to Promote Growth of Pollinator Friendly Vegetation in Roadside Settings in NYS
Jean Bonhotal, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Blending Compost for Various Applications
Tyler Scott Wright, Allwood Recyclers Inc., Fairview, OR
An Investigation on the Impact of Compost Tea Applications on Turf Quality and Soil Microbial Activity
Nicole C. Wagner, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Networking Break in the Tradeshow Hall

3:15 - 4:15 pmExhibit Hall 1/2
Coffee, Snacks, and Networking!


4:15 - 5:45 pm

Session 3A, Business Track, Selling Your Business

Moderator: Wayne Bowen, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
4:15 - 5:45 pmMeeting Room 4
Selling Your Business
Michael Stevens, WeCare Denali, Dallas, TX
Creating Value and Common Dangers of Selling your Business
Kevin Bolin, Earth Holdings, LLC, Atlanta, GA
The New Earth Experience
Russell Faldik, Leonard Holding Company, San Antonio, TX

Session 3B, Advocacy and Policy Track, State Action; Zoning and Permit Guidelines

Moderator: Jenny Trent, Iowa Waste Reduction Center
4:15 - 5:45 pmMeeting Room 5
New Zoning and Permit Guidelines from USCC
Linda Norris Waldt and Megan Lundequam, US Composting Council, Raleigh, NC
Compost Advocacy and Coalition Building
Isaac Bearg, New Jersey Composting Council, South Orange, NJ
Expanding Organics Management in Washington State: Challenges and Opportunities
Xenia Dolovova for Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington, Seattle, WA
SB 1383 in California: Organics Collection for Everyone, Everywhere, All of the Time
Matt Cotton, IWM Consulting, Richmond, CA

Session 3C, Compostable Products Track, Field Testing Programs and Experience

Moderator: Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility
Track sponsored by:
4:15 - 5:45 pmMeeting Room 8
CMA’s Field Testing Program
Alex Alton Thomas, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and Compost Manufacturer's Alliance, Stevens Point, WI
The Compostable Field Testing Program from CREF
Wayne Howard, Compost Research and Education Foundation, Raleigh, NC
Field-Testing Compostables: The Composters’s Experience

Session 3D, Operations Track, Case Studies--Focus on Air

Moderator: Chris Seney, Republic Services
4:15 - 5:45 pmMeeting Room 9
Successful Operation of a Large-Scale Composting Facility with Restrictive Air Permits
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA
Compost Aeration and Heat Recovery at Country Oaks Landscape Supply
Brian Jerose, Agrilab Technologies Inc., Enosburg Falls, VT
Challenging Odor Issues at a Large Industrial Composter
Josh Rembusch, Byers Scientific, Bloomington, IND

Session 3E, Community Composting, Focusing on Data

Moderator: Renee Wallace, Food Plus Detroit
4:15 - 5:45 pmMeeting Room 6
Community Composters: A Growing and Crucial Part of Infrastructure
Dan Matsch, Eco-Cycle, Boulder, CO
Research Trends in Community Composting & Technology
Sashti Balasundaram, WeRadiate, Getzville, NY
A Leading Community Composting Program in NYC during COVID
Gerardo Soto, Food Waste Experts, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Getting Consumers To Care About Composting
Lauren Clarke, Dallas, TX

Wednesday, January 26

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8:30 - 10:00 am

Session 4A, Business Track, Costs and Data

Moderator: Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters
8:30 - 10:00 amMeeting Room 4
Breaking it Down: Why the Cost of Operation is Important and How to Calculate It
Ted Dirkx, Vermeer, Pella, IA
Connecting Operations with Finance: Tracking and Visualizing Financial Data
Jarrett Bond, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
Minimizing Energy Inputs for Compost Manufacturing
Michael J Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies, Bainbridge Island, WA

Session 4B, Chapter & Member Track, Fundamental Structure of a Strong Chapter

Moderator: Linda Norris Waldt, USCC
8:30 - 10:00 amMeeting Room 5
Fundamental Structure of a Strong Chapter
Jairo Gonzalez, NJ Composting Council and the NJ Organics Recycling Foundation, Demarest, NJ

Session 4C, CREF Research Track, Aeration Impacts; Prions; ROI Study

Moderator: Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth
8:30 - 10:00 amMeeting Room 8
Chronic Wasting Disease Composting: Composting Infectious Proteins
Alex Alton Thomas, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and Compost Manufacturer's Alliance, Stevens Point, WI
The Application of Laboratory Aeration Demand Testing to Facility Design
Charlie Krauter, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA
Compost Specifications and Return on Investment
Ronald Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC

Session 4D, Operations Track, Using Technology: AI, GIS, DNA for Odors, Marketing and Quality

Moderator: Samantha Winkle, Waste Connections

Sponsored by:
8:30 - 10:00 amMeeting Room 9
Estimating the Market Potential of Food Waste Generation Using GIS
Debra Darby, Tetra Tech, Gloucester, MA
Addressing Odors Using Intelligent Emissions Monitoring
Dennis Prince, M.Sc., P.Eng., Airdar Inc., Edmonton, Alberta
Enhancing Composting Quality with the Latest DNA Sequencing Breakthroughs
Laura Kavanaugh, PhD., Genome Insights LLC, Hillsborough, NC

Session 4E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Improving Your Social Media & Marketing

Moderator: Emma Yates, WeCare Denali
8:30 - 10:00 amMeeting Room 6
Tackling the Social Media Juggernaut
Jeffrey Ezell, The Compost Company
Video Content Marketing is our "Black Gold"!
Clinton Sander, A1 Organics
Creating Customer Engagement via Partner & Event Collaboration
Suzanne Longacre, Laurel Valley Soils, Landenberg, PA
Physical Marketing vs. Digital Marketing: How Using Physical Marketing Materials Will Amplify Your Digital Campaigns
Gary Gittere, McGill Environmental Systems, New Hill, NC

Networking Break in the Tradeshow Hall

10:00 - 11:00 amExhibit Hall 1/2
Coffee, Snacks, and Networking!

Session 5A, Business Track, Liquid Wastes as a Potential Revenue Source

Moderator: Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting
11:00 am - 12:30 pmMeeting Room 4
Adding Liquids: Increasing Volume while Improving Performance: A Panel of Operators

Session 5B, Chapter & Member Track, Growing Your Chapter Financial Resource Bank: Marketing & Fundraising

Moderator: Linda Norris Waldt, USCC
11:00 am - 12:30 pmMeeting Room 5
FUNdraising for Non-Fundraisers
Teri Sorg-McManamon, Sorg-McManamon Marketing Communications, Emmaus, PA
Canva for Chapters: How to Design When You’re Not a Designer
Claire Bruch, Rust Belt Riders & Tilth Soil, Cleveland, OH

Session 5C, CREF Research Track, Bioassay Development, Effects on Row Crops; Potting Media

Moderator: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell University
11:00 am - 12:30 pmMeeting Room 8
Effect of Composts on Microbial Communities in Potting Media
Frederick Michel, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Development of Detailed Bioassays for Persistent Herbicides
Gerard Braun, II, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Influence of Annual Solid-separated Compost Application on Row crop Productivity
Ken Smiciklas, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Session 5D, Operations Track, Addressing Contamination, Part 1

Moderator: Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition

Sponsored by:
11:00 am - 12:30 pmMeeting Room 9
Controlling the Upstream
Leslie Rodgers, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
Technology-Led Techniques to Reduce Contamination in Organics Recycling
Ryan Cooper, Rubicon Global, Atlanta, GA
Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Curbside Waste Composting
Michael Larrivee, Atlas Organics, Memphis, TN

Session 5E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Building Specifications & Product Knowledge

Moderator: Lora Hinchcliff, Living Earth
11:00 am - 12:30 pmMeeting Room 6
"Exonerating" Compost From Other Materials on Trial
Donald Pearson, Summit Design and Engineering Services, Fuquay Varina, NC
Tracking Organic Matter in Soil and Compost
Doug Collins, Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Puyallup, WA
Product Knowledge For Homeowners: How Does Kellogg Educate End Users = Home Gardeners?
Kathy Johnson, Kellogg Garden Organics, Carson, CA

Networking with Vendors

12:30 - 2:00 pmExhibit Hall 1/2
Lunch available for purchase

USCC Chapters Networking Soiree!

12:45 - 1:45 pmBallroom B
Join USCC’s Chapters during your break to learn about the work being done in the states—and YOUR state, if you are in a state chapter!

Session 6A, Business Track, Options and Opportunities

Moderator: Melissa Tashjian, Compost Crusader
2:00 - 3:30 pmMeeting Room 4
Composting Programs – Feasibility Evaluation and Design Considerations
Tracie Bills, SCS Engineers, Pleasanton, CA
Food Waste Composting as a Pay-As-You-Throw Partner
Cathleen Hall, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, Aspen, CO
Compost Related Projects Opportunities and Challenges in Puerto Rico
Migual Chacon, The Earth Group, Inc., Guaynabo, PR

Session 6B, Chapter & Member Track, Growing Your Chapter Human Resource Bank: Volunteers & Young Professionals

Moderator: Linda Norris Waldt, USCC
2:00 - 3:30 pmMeeting Room 5
Finding and Keeping Volunteers - Help Get Things Done and Have Fun
Marisa DeDominis, Earth Matter NY Inc., New York, NY
Anita Chan, Earth Matter NY Inc., Long Island City, NY
Young Professionals: Grow Your Chapter with New Energy
Coryanne Mansell, YP Steering Committee
Gowri Sundaram, USCC Young Professionals Program Coordinator

Session 6C, CREF Research Track, Biochar, PFAS, and Sargassum Research

Moderator: Monica Ozores-Hampton, TerraNutri
2:00 - 3:30 pmMeeting Room 8
Better than Just Compost? Improving Compost Quality and Soil Health in Water-Limited Environments with Biochar
Shelby R Hoglund, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Evaluation of PFAS in Source Separated Organic Materials; Challenges, Status, and Outlook
Shalene Thomas, Wood, Forest Lake, MN
Examining the Quality of a Compost Product Derived from Sargassum
Tina Marie (Waliczek) Cade, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Session 6D, Operations Track, Addressing Contamination, Part 2

Moderator: Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger

Sponsored by:
2:00 - 3:30 pmMeeting Room 9
Operator Panel: Benefits and Issues Using Depackagers

Session 6E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Tips for Building Customer Relationships and a Better Brand

Moderator: Denise Winter, WeCare Denali
2:00 - 3:30 pmMeeting Room 6
Operations Can Wait; Your Story Can't. How to Stand Out in a Saturated Market.
Adam Brummond, Return, Los Angeles, CA
Developing Markets: Construction, Landscape, and Beyond
Ryan Cerrato, WeCare Denali, LLC, Garnet Valley, PA
Customer Service for Composters
Shota Austin, Tank's Green Stuff, Tucson, AZ
Sell More Compost with the New STA Elevator Pitch!
Clinton Sander, A1 Organics, Eaton, CO, and Suzanne Longacre, Laurel Valley Soils, Landenberg, PA


Moderator: Frank Franciosi, USCC
3:45 - 5:45 pmBallroom A
Regenerative Secrets
Allen Williams, Understanding Ag, Fort Payne, AL
Closing Keynote Sponsored by

Annual Awards Celebration Sponsored by


Open to all

6:00 - 8:00 pmBallroom B

Young Professionals Meet-Up

Sponsored by
7:30 - 10:00 pmShiner's Saloon
Career Opportunity Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 pmShiner's Saloon

Thursday, January 27

Equipment Show and Demonstrations at Texas Disposal Systems

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 amGrinders and Shredders
9:45 amScreeners
11:00 amWindrow Turners
Mixing equipment
12:00 pmEnjoy a delicious lunch
1:00 pmRepeat all demonstrations
2:00 pmVendors available to discuss equipment
3:30 pmLast bus leaves

Hours of Registration and Exhibit Hall

Tradeshow Open:

  • Monday January 24 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Tuesday January 25 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed 10-11:30 am)

  • Wednesday January 26 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration Open:

  • Monday January 24 | 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

  • Tuesday January 25 | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday January 26 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm