Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

All events take place at Westin Peachtree except Equipment Show

Monday, January 22
Preconference Activities

Workshops

TitleInstructorsTime
Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:30 – 4:30
Basics of Compost Marketing and PlanningRon Alexander9:00 – 4:00
Best Practices in Community CompostingBrenda Platt and Linda Bilsens8:30 – 4:30
Compost Business ManagementDavid Hill and Mark King8:30 – 4:30
Optimization and Opportunities: Strategic Ways to Move Organics Diversion ForwardLisa Skumatz8:30 - noon
Compost Odor Emissions and Process Efficiency – Connecting the Science to the PracticeTim O’Neill and Geoff Hill8:30 - noon

 

Tours

Sustainability in Action Tour: The Westin Peachtree2:00 - 3:00 pm25/35
Sustainability in Action Tour: The New Mercedez Benz Stadium
(Choose morning or afternoon)
8:30 - noon
1:00 - 4:30 pm
75/95
Sustainability in Action Tour: Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure Bus Tour of Downtown Atlanta8:30 am - 3:00 pm145/185

 

Exhibitor Move-in9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Half and full-day workshops and tours8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Meeting of the Compost Collaborative 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
BPI Membership meeting -- open to all4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Annual USCC Members' meeting -- open to all5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception and Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall6:30 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23

Trade show opens, coffee available8:00 am
USCC Emerging Composter Challenge, preliminary round
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 am

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

COMMERCIAL ORGANICS DIVERSION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Coming Up to Speed with Commercial Programs, Dana D'Souza, Skumatz Economic Research Associates SERA
Increasing Food Court Multi-Tenanted Post-Consumer Recovery, Robert Weatherbe, Recycling Alternative
Tips for Successfully Rolling Out Composting Programs, Noah Marsh, Food FWD, Co-Owner
COMPOST’S EMPOWERING ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE SOILS
Soil is the foundation of life. Healthy, vibrant soil eco-systems are the building blocks for healthy communities with effective storm water management programs, solid erosion control systems, and nutritious urban food production. … and compost feeds the soil eco-systems!

Learn from industry experts about compost’s empowering role in carbon sequestration | climate change, soil management systems grounded in solid economics, and green urban infrastructure.

Moderator: Holly Elmore, Elemental Impact Founder & CEO
Panelists:
• The Compost Story – Finian Makepeace, Kiss the Ground Co-Founder
• Soil Life: beyond dirt! – Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Kellogg Garden Products, Director of Sustainability & Chairman of the Board
• Soils Strategies for the Urban Environment – Wayne King, Sr., ERTH Products CEO.
• Building Green: Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure Approach – Cory Rayburn, City of Atlanta Watershed Manager
CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM
What is Community Composting and Why is it Important?, Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders Composting
Best Management Practices for Community-Scale Composting, Linda Bilsens, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC
PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS: PREPROCESS EQUIPMENT, BULKING AGENT OPTIMIZATION, BIOCHAR
The Effect of Feedstock Sizing on Aerated Pile Composting, Dave Girard, Peterson Corp
Break in Exhibit Hall9:45 to 10:30 am
Plenary: Welcome to Compost2018!
Opening Keynote from Scott Jenkins, Green Sports Alliance and Atlanta Falcons
10:30 to 12:30 pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by your Vendors12:30 to 2:30 pm

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

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM
Closing the Loop: Community-based Composting in Atlanta, Will Sellers, Food Well Alliance
COLLECTING ORGANICS AT VENUES AND EVENTS
COMPOST QUALITY UPDATES: PERSISTENT HERBICIDES, FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT IMPACTS
CREATING YOUR COMPOST FACILITY OPERATING PLAN
Creating your Compost Facility Operating Plan, Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting
Break in Exhibit Hall4:00 to 4:45 pm

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

5TH ANNUAL CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM
5th Annual Cultivating Community Composting Forum: Conclusion, Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Minimizing Contamination in Organics Diversion
Oakland's Residential Compost Cart Contamination Surcharge, Hilary Near, City of Oakland Recycling Specialist
Outreach and education and its effectiveness on participation and contamination, Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator, City of Minneapolis
The Taco Time Case Study: Contamination Elimination through "Compostables Only" Systems, Tim Goodman, NatureWorks
RESEARCH REPORTS FROM THE COMPOSTING COUNCIL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Interactive Effect of Mycorrhiza and Compost on Soil and Plant Health, Clara Tang
Citrus fruit greening disease and the use of compost to minimize the impact, Monica Ozores-Hampton, University of Florida, Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
Measuring Physical Contaminants in Compost and Screened Overs, David Crohn, University of California, Riverside
BMP implementation: Fires, Safety, Equipment
BMP implementation: Fires, Safety, Equipment, Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management, LLC
Trade show closes5:00 pm

Wednesday, January 24

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

Coffee available Exhibit Hall
8:00 to 8:45 am
COMPOST: THE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION, SOIL BLENDING, SOCIAL MARKETING8:30 - 10:15 am
Tips to Better Utilize Social Media
RURAL AND COLLEGE COMPOSTING PROGRAMS8:45 - 10:15 am
COLLABORATING TO MINIMIZE CONTAMINATION: WASHINGTON STATE'S ORGANICS CONTAMINATION REDUCTION WORK GROUP8:45 - 10:15 am
EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION PROGRAMS8:45 - 10:15 am
STA Annual Meeting
Break in Exhibit Hall

10:15 to 11:00 am

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

COMPOST USE CASE STUDIES AND QUALITY NEEDS
California Compost Market Development, Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority
COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS TASK FORCE: PROJECT UPDATES AND FUTURE PLANS
Compostable Products Task Force: Project Updates and Future Plans, Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute
IMPROVING THE BOTTOM LINE: CONTRACTS, FINANCING, LEAN MANUFACTURING
LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE: PERSPECTIVES ON WHERE ORGANICS MANAGEMENT IS HEADING
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 ROUNDTABLE
Legislative and Policy Update and Roundtable, Marcus Zbinden
LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR - YOUR COMPOST FACILITY IS THERE! ESTABLISHING GOOD COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Q & A WITH PANEL OF MUNICIPAL AND PRIVATE PROGRAM MANAGERS
TECHNOLOGY SESSION: SCALE MATTERS, MATERIALS HANDLING SYSTEMS, C/B ANALYSIS, TECHNOLOGY FUTURE
Technology session: Scale matters, Materials Handling Systems, C/B analysis, Technology future, Scott Gamble
Trade show closes3:30 pm
Closing Celebration!
Welcome, Liza Milagro, Atlanta Airport
USCC Annual Awards
Pitch finalists
Closing Keynote: Laura Seydel, Captain Planet
3:45 to 6:00 pm

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
12:00PMFirst Shuttle Buses Leave for Airport and Hotel. Hourly Buses Through the Afternoon
12:00PMBBQ Lunch Available
1:00PMGrinders and Shredders
2:15PMScreeners
4:00PMLast Bus Leaves

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