Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

All events take place at Westin Peachtree except Equipment Show

Monday, January 22
Preconference Activities

Workshops

TitleInstructorsTimeRoom
Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:30 – 4:30Augusta 3 (7th Floor)
Basics of Compost Marketing and PlanningRon Alexander9:00 – 4:00Chastain G (6th Floor)
Best Practices in Community CompostingBrenda Platt and Linda Bilsens8:30 – 4:30Augusta 1&2 (7th Floor)
Compost Business ManagementDavid Hill and Mark King8:30 – 4:30Chastain D (6th Floor)
Organics Diversion Optimization and Opportunities: Strategic Ways to Move ForwardLisa Skumatz, Gary Horton and Bob Yost8:30 - noonChastain E (6th Floor)
Compost Odor Emissions and Process Efficiency – Connecting the Science to the PracticeTim O’Neill and Geoff Hill8:30 - noonChastain F (6th Floor)

 

Tours

TitleTimeMeeting RoomFees
member/
nonmember
Sustainability in Action Tour: Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure Bus Tour of Downtown Atlanta8:30 am - 3:00 pmMotor Lobby (4th Floor) MAIN ENTRANCE145/185
Sustainability in Action Tour: The New Mercedes Benz Stadium
(Choose morning or afternoon)
8:45 am - 12:15 pm or 1:00 - 4:30 pm5th Floor in front of Sun Dial and FedEx Office75/95
Sustainability in Action Tour: The Westin Peachtree2:00 - 3:00 pm5th Floor in front of Sun Dial and FedEx Office25/35

 

TitleTimeRoom
Exhibitor Move-in9:00 am - 5:00 pmAugusta Ballroom + Conference Center 1-5
Half and full-day workshops and tours8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Meeting of the Compost Collaborative 1:30 pm - 4:00 pmPeachtree Room 1&2
BPI Membership meeting -- open to all4:30 pm - 5:30 pmPeachtree Room 1&2
Annual meetings of the USCC and CCREF-- open to all5:30 pm - 6:30 pmPeachtree Room 1&2
Welcome Reception and Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall6:30 - 8:00 pmAugust Ballroom + Conference Center

Tuesday, January 23

TItleTimeRoom
Trade show opens, coffee available8:00 amAugusta + Conference Center
USCC Emerging Composter Challenge: Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Organized by the USCC Young Professionals
Preliminary Round for Entrepreneurs; Only Round for Innovators
Judges only: 8 AM to 9:45
Open to all: 9:45 to 10:30
Entrepreneur finalists will present during closing plenary
8:00 - 10:30 am8th Floor Terrace

CONCURRENT SESSION 1, 8:15 - 9:45 am

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM, PART 1: POLICIES, PERMITTING & BMPSChastain H + I (6th Floor)
Best Management Practices for Community-Scale Composting, Linda Bilsens, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC
Policy and Legal Obstacles to Community Composting, Kourtnii Brown, (invited), Common Compost, San Francisco, CA
Panel and Facilitated Discussion: The Roles of Local and State Governments
Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC, Nevada City, CA
Marcus Zbinden, Carver County, MN and USCC Legislative & Environmental Affairs Comm.
Angel Aroyo-Roduigez, Ohio DEP
Renee Crowley, NYC Compost Project at Lower East Side Ecology Center
COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL ORGANICS DIVERSION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENTChastain D + E (6th Floor)
Coming Up to Speed with Commercial Programs, Dana D'Souza, Skumatz Economic Research Associates SERA, Superior, CO
Increasing Food Court Multi-Tenanted Post-Consumer Recovery, Robert Weatherbe, Recycling Alternative, Vancouver, BC
Tips for Successfully Rolling Out Composting Programs, Noah Marsh, Food FWD, Durham, NC
Better Composting with Better Data, Conor Miller, Black Earth Compost, Gloucester, MA
PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS: PREPROCESS EQUIPMENT, BULKING AGENT OPTIMIZATION, BIOCHAR, AND SCREENING
Chastain F + G (6th Floor)
Benefits of Adding Biochar to the Composting Process, Jack Hoeck, Rexius, Forest By Products Inc., Eugene, OR
The Effect of Feedstock Sizing on Aerated Pile Composting, Dave Girard, Peterson Corp, Eugene, OR
COMPOST'S EMPOWERING ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE SOILS, hosted by Elemental ImpactPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th Floor)
Compost’s Empowering Role in Sustainable Soils
Moderator: Holly Elmore, Elemental Impact
Panelists:
The Compost StoryFinian Makepeace, Kiss the Ground Co-Founder, Venice, CA
Soil Life: beyond dirt!Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Kellogg Garden Products, Carson, CA
Soils Strategies for the Urban EnvironmentWayne King, Sr., ERTH Products, Tyrone, GA
Building Green: Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure ApproachCory Rayburn, City of Atlanta, GA
Sponsored by:
Break in Exhibit Hall9:45 to 10:30 amAugusta + Conference Center
Plenary: Welcome to Compost2018!
Opening Keynote: Welcome to Atlanta - Joe Lamp'l, Growing a Greener World, Atlanta, GA
What Do Sports Have to do with Composting? - Scott Jenkins, Chair of the Green Sports Alliance, will relate the challenges and opportunities of building the greenest stadium in the NFL, and implications for growing organics recycling industry
10:30 to 12:30 pmPeachtree Ballroom (8th Floor)
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by your Vendors12:30 to 2:30 pmAugusta + Conference Center

CONCURRENT SESSION 2, 2:30 to 4:00 pm

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM, PART 2: COMMUNITY-BASED COMPOSTING IN ATLANTAChastain H + I (6th Floor)
The Roles for Local Governments, Urban Farms and Social Enterprises
Moderator: Will Sellers, Collaboration Program Manager, Food Well Alliance
Panelists:
Mario Cambardella, PLA APA, Urban Agriculture Director, City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Resilience
Rashid Nuri, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Truly Living Well Center for Natural and Urban Agriculture
David Paull, Founder and CEO, Compostwheels, LLC
COLLECTING ORGANICS AT VENUES AND EVENTSPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th Floor)
COMPOST QUALITY UPDATES: PERSISTENT HERBICIDES, FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT IMPACTSPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th Floor)
FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Implications for Composters, David T. Ingram, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD
CREATING YOUR COMPOST FACILITY OPERATING PLANChastain F + G (6th Floor)
Creating your Compost Facility Operating Plan, Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, Nevada City, CA
This mini-workshop will cover the basic components of a Compost Manufacturing Facility Operating Plan. The format will be informal with lots of time for questions and answers. This session is suitable for veteran composters and newcomers alike.
Break in Exhibit Hall4:00 to 4:45 pmAugusta Ballroom + Conference Center

CONCURRENT SESSION 3, 4:45 to 6:15 pm

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM PART 3: WHAT IS COMMUNITY COMPOSTING & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?Chastain H + I (6th Floor)
What Is Community Composting & Why Is It Important?
Moderator: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Panelists:
Community Composting: One Mission, Many Forms, Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders, Cleveland, OH 
Building Community Capital via Community Composting, Xavier Brown, Soilful City, Washington, DC 
Small-Scale Hauler Benefits, Kristen Baskin, Let Us Compost, Athens, GA 
Partnerships between Bike and Truck Haulers, & Composting for Multi-Family Residents, Christi Turner, SCRAPS, Denver, CO 
MINIMIZING CONTAMINATION IN ORGANICS DIVERSION Sponsored by: Chastain D + E (6th Floor)
Oakland's Residential Compost Cart Contamination Surcharge, Hilary Near, City of Oakland Recycling Specialist, City of Oakland, CA
RESEARCH REPORTS FROM THE COMPOSTING COUNCIL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATIONPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th Floor)
Citrus Fruit Greening Disease and the Use of Compost to Minimize the Impact, Monica Ozores-Hampton, University of Florida, Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Immokalee, FL
BMP IMPLEMENTATION: SAFETY, EQUIPMENT, FIRES
Moderator: Matt Cotton, IWMC
Chastain F + G (6th Floor)
Equipment Safety in Operations, BJ Meier, Senior Project Engineer, Caterpillar
Equipment Maintenance, Greg Gelewski, OCRRA
Practical Fire Prevention and Management Tools, Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting
Trade show closes5:00 pm
Vermeer Reception - OPEN TO ALL6:30 to 8:00 pmThe Overlook (6th Floor)

Wednesday, January 24

TitleTimeRoom

CONCURRENT SESSION 4, 8:30 - 10:15 am

Coffee available Exhibit Hall
8:00 to 8:45 amAugusta Ballroom + Conference Center
COMPOST: THE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION, SOIL BLENDING, SOCIAL MARKETING8:30 - 10:15 amPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th Floor)
Tools & Tricks for Social Media Success, Kelsey Thompson, Imagine Media, Atlanta, GA
Compost: The Sustainable Solution, Joe Lamp’l, Growing a Greener World, Atlanta, GA
Seal of Testing Assurance Annual Meeting
RURAL AND COLLEGE COMPOSTING PROGRAMS8:45 - 10:15 amChastain H + I (6th Floor)
Large Scale Composting on a Small Scale Budget, Jay Price, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
COLLABORATING TO MINIMIZE CONTAMINATION: WASHINGTON STATE'S ORGANICS CONTAMINATION REDUCTION WORK GROUP8:45 - 10:15 amChastain D + E (6th Floor)
Collaborating to Minimize Contamination: Washington State's Organics Contamination Reduction Work Group,
Moderator: Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturers Alliance
Panelists:
Tim Goodman, NatureWorks                       
Sarah Martinez, Eco Products
Heather Levy, Cascadia Consulting            
Ron Westmoreland, Cedar Grove
Trudy Johnson, Foodservices of America
Lynn Dyer, FPI
Phil Ragan, EcoSafe
Jeanette Hannah, BASF
IMPROVING THE BOTTOM LINE: CONTRACTING, LEAN MANUFACTURING, EFFICIENCY8:45 - 10:15 amChastain F + G (6th Floor)
10 Steps to Contracting Nirvana: The Road To Composting Bliss, Mitch Kessler, President, Kessler Consulting, Inc., Tampa, FL
20 years of Lean Manufacturing: Concepts to Apply in the Composting Industry, Ted Dirkx, Applications Specialist, Vermeer Corporation, Pella, IA
Improving Production Efficiencies for Diverse Market Targets, Rod Tyler, Green Horizons Environmental LLC, Medina, OH
Break in Exhibit Hall

10:15 to 11:00 amAugusta + Conference Center

CONCURRENT SESSION 5, 11:00 - 12:30 pm

LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE: PERSPECTIVES ON WHERE ORGANICS MANAGEMENT IS HEADINGChastain H + I (6th Floor)
The Organics Recycling in 2043, Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
The Important Role for Micro and Community Composting, Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Washington, DC
COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS TASK FORCE: PROJECT UPDATES AND FUTURE PLANSChastain D + E (6th Floor)
Compostable products and packaging provide significant opportunities for diverting food waste. However, they bring a host of challenges as well, such as contamination from lookalike conventional plastics, processing difficulties, limitations selling into to Organic Agriculture, etc. The CPTF was formed in 2010 to bring composters and packaging companies together to collaborate, with significant achievements. Learn about the tools already created, the projects currently underway, and add your voice to the dialogue.
Matt Cotton and Rhodes Yepsen, Co-Chairs
IMPROVING THE BOTTOM LINE: INSURANCE, FINANCING AND FINANCIAL DASHBOARDSChastain F + G (6th Floor)
The Power of Financial Dashboards, Tom Del Conte, Vision Recycling, Fremont, CA
COMPOST USE CASE STUDIES AND QUALITY NEEDSPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th Floor)
California Compost Market Development, Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Increasing Compost Value by Selling to the Sports Turf Market, Gary Gittere, McGill Environmental Systems, Inc. , New Hill, NC
Networking with Vendors (lunch available to purchase)12:30 to 2:00 pm

CONCURRENT SESSION 6, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE AND ROUNDTABLEChastain H + I (6th Floor)
Legislative and Policy Update and Roundtable,
Hosted by the USCC Legislative and Environmental Affairs Committee (LEAC)
A panel of experts from key states will discuss proposed or recently adopted policies and rules that affect the siting of new facilities, market development and compost site operations.
Moderator: Marcus Zbinden, Carver Co, MN
Panelists:
Neal Edgar, CA Compost Coalition
Nicole Chardoul, Resource Recycling Systems, MI 
Kayla Walsh, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Angel Arroyo-Roduiguez, Ohio EPA (Invited)
LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR - YOUR COMPOST FACILITY IS THERE! ESTABLISHING GOOD COMMUNITY RELATIONSPeachtree Room 1 & 2 (8th FLoor)
Q & A WITH PANEL OF MUNICIPAL AND PRIVATE PROGRAM MANAGERSChastain D + E (6th Floor)
Here’s an opportunity to ask questions of composting program operators from around the country.
Panelists:
Brian Fleury, WeCare Denali, LLC, NY, MI and AZ
Gregory Gelewski, Onondaga County, NY
Bob Yost, A1 Organics, CO
Suki Jannsen, Athens-Clarke County, GA
TECHNOLOGY SESSION: DEVELOPING AND GROWING YOUR COMPOSTING SITEChastain F + G (6th Floor)
Developing and Growing Your Composting Site, Scott Gamble
Topics and Panelists:
Mobile Equipment Selection, Lyndell Pate, Ecoverse
Laying out and Designing your Site, Scott Gamble, CH2M, and Jeff Gage, Green Mountain Technologies
Growing your Site’s Capacity, Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger
Trade show closes3:30 pm
Closing Celebration!
Welcoming remarks: A Regenerative Future--Soil Takes Center Stage,  Laura Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation
Annual and Special Awards
Young Professional's Emerging Composter Challenge finalists
Closing Keynote: Liza Milagro, Resilience and Sustainability Manager, Atlanta International Airport
“To Zero and Beyond: Shifting the Paradigm for Organics Management”
Hear how the world’s busiest airport, with over 100 million passengers, is leading the way eliminate waste and reclaim resources by developing Green Acres ATL Energy Park, a full-stream recycling and composting facility. Be inspired by a vision that goes beyond the ATL food courts to shape & drive the future of our planet.
Sponsored by:
3:45 to 6:00 pmPeachtree Ballroom
Ecoverse Reception to the Program - OPEN TO ALL 6:00 to 9:00 pmWhitehall (6th Floor)
Young Professional’s Reception Sponsored by:
6:30 to 8:00 pmMeehan’s Public House (next door to Westin)

Thursday, January 25

Equipment Show and Demonstrations at Dekalb County Landfill & Compost Facility

7:00AMLoad Buses at Hotel
7:15AMFirst Shuttle Buses Leave from Hotel, then Leave at 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15
8:00AMWelcome and Breakfast
all dayDisplay Equipment Available to View and Discuss with Vendors
8:30AMGrinders and Shredders
9:45AMScreeners
11:00AMWindrow Turners, Mixing and Application Equipment
12:00PMEnjoy a Delicious Lunch!
12:30PMFirst Shuttle Buses Leave for Airport and Hotel. Buses departures at 1, 2:30 and 4 PM
1:00PMGrinders and Shredders
2:15PMScreeners
4:00PMLast Bus Leaves

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