Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

All events take place at Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel except the Equipment Show

Monday, January 28, 2019
Preconference Activities

Tradeshow Hall Hours6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Registration Open7:30 am - 7:30 pmRegistration Area
Half and Full-Day Workshops and Tours8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Exhibitor Move-in9:00 am - 5:00 pmTradeshow
BPI Membership Meeting4:00 pm - 5:00 pmSolana F
Annual Meetings of USCC and CCREF5:15 pm - 6:15 pmSolana F
Welcome Reception & Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall6:30 - 8:00 pmTradeshow

Half and Full-Day Workshops and Tours

For workshops and tours details click HERE

Full Day

Compost Odor Emissions and Process Efficiency – Connecting the Science to the PracticeTim O'Neill and Geoffrey Hill 8:00 - 3:00Cira B
Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:00 – 4:30Cira A
Compost Business ManagementMark King and David Hill 8:30 – 4:30Cira C
Baseline Technical Knowledge for Selling CompostRon Alexander9:00 – 4:00Aurora AB

Half Day

Boost Profits for Your Composting Operation with Value-Added ProductsRhonda Sherman and Zachary Brooks8:30 - noonSolana G
Compost U--Moving Colleges and Universities Toward Zero Waste with Organics RecyclingNicole Chardoul and Kelly Domino8:30 - noonSolana F


Reimagine Phoenix—Resource Innovation Campus and Compost Facility Tour, plus tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden
8:30 - noonMeet Front Entrance
Reimagine Phoenix—Resource Innovation Campus and Compost Facility Tour1:00 - 3:30Meet Front Entrance
Adding Value and Organic Farm Compost Production and Use1:00 - 5:00Meet Front Entrance
Compost U—Tour of Composting and Other Sustainability Efforts at ASU1:00 - 5:00Meet Front Entrance
Green Sports Tour
Tuesday and Wednesday
1:30 - 2:30Meet Front Entrance

Tour and Workshop Packages

Adding Value Workshop and Tour8:30 - 5:00
Campus Composting Workshop and Compost U Tour8:30 - 5:00

Tuesday, January 29

Registration Open7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tradeshow Open8:00 - 10:30 am
Coffee8:00 - 10:30 am


8:15 - 9:45 am

CCREF Research Reports

Moderator: Ginny Black, CCREF
Room: Cira A
The Effects of Soil Amendments on Tree Growth, Yield, and Soil Properties in Mature Macadamia Integrifolia Orchards
Russell Galanti, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Young Investigators Scholarship 2017 Awardee, Hilo, HI
Composting Yard Waste vs Source Separated Organics Material: The Scientific Comparison of Environmental Impacts to Ground Water
Marcus Zbinden, Carver County, Chaska, MN
Nutrient Dynamics in Windrow Composting
Rick Carr, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA

USCC Chapter meeting - open to all

Moderator: Linda Norris-Waldt, USCC
USCC Charter Chapter and Committee representatives will meet for an update on Chapter activities and USCC – Chapter activities for 2019. Those interested in listening to what our Chapters are doing, or thinking of beginning their own chapter, are welcome to attend and observe.
Room: Cira B

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

Moderator: Matt Cotton, IWMC
Room: Cira C
Why Compost Fires Happen
Matt Cotton, IWMC
Working With Your FD: Lessons Learned by the City of Phoenix
Steve Petrie, Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix, AZ
A Newsworthy Mulch Fire & How To Avoid One
Grant Williamson, The Ground Up, Houston, TX
Lopez Canyon Compost Facility Creek Fire Event
John Hamilton, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Annual Meeting of the Compostable Products Task Force

Moderators: Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute & Brian Fleury, WeCareDenali
The Compostable Products Task Force was formed in 2011 to increase dialogue among composters, material manufacturers, brand distributors, haulers and other stakeholders in the value chain. Much has changed over the past 8 years. At this annual meeting we will take stock of accomplishments and chart what the future may bring. Open to all.
Room: Solana H
Break - Continental Breakfast9:45 - 10:30 am
Room: Tradeshow

Plenary: Welcomes, Opening Keynote

Moderator: Frank Franciosi, USCC
Judith Schwartz is the Opening Key Note Speaker. She will speak on "Why Compost Matters: Stories of Soil and Regeneration Across the Globe"
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room: Solana E
Author Book Signing!
Purchase books and get them signed! Keynote Speaker Judith Schwartz “Cows Save the Planet,” Jeff Lowenfels, “Teaming with Microbes,” Rhonda Sherman, “The Worm Farmers Handbook”.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Tradeshow Open12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall sponsored by Exhibitors12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
STA Lab Meeting1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room: Solana H
Green Sports Tour1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Meet Front Entrance
STA Annual Meeting2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room: Solana H


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Campus Composting, Part 1: Rural, Urban and Beyond

Moderator: Bob Rynk, SUNY Cobleskil
Room: Cira A
Developing an Effective Compost Program at Appalachian State University
Jennifer Maxwell, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
The Food Waste Hierarchy in Practice at Johns Hopkins University
Brigid Jude Gregory, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Harvesting the Waste of Nations: Innovative Partnerships to Solve Binational Waste and Food Security Challenges
Chet Phillips, University of Arizona Compost Cats, Tucson, AZ

Creative Engagement with Stakeholders for Long-term Success

Moderator: Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturer Alliance
Room: Cira B
The Power of the Composting Experience for Long Term Engagement
David Paull, CompostNow, Raleigh, NC
Community Outreach Key to Successful Programs
Celeste McMickle, NYC Compost Project, South Fallsburg, NY
Soil Regeneration Through Compost Education
Robert Michitsch, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI

Improving Operations with Process Management and Maintenance

Moderator: Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters Earth Centre
Room: Cira C
Applying Process Improvement Tools to Organics Processing Operations
Jason Todaro, Blue Ridge Services, Inc., Atascadero, CA
The Importance of Equipment Maintenance
Ted Dirkx, Vermeer Corporation, Pella, IA
Proactive Maintenance at Composting Facilities
Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Seal of Testing Assurance, Part I: Knowledge is Power

Moderator: Marcus Zbinden, Carver County Extension
Room: Solana H
Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Interpreting your Lab Report but Were Afraid to Ask
Assaf Sadeh, Soil Control Lab

Break- Coffee and snacks4:00 - 4:45 pm
Room: Tradeshow


4:45 - 6:15 pm

Campus Composting, Part 2: Pushing the Boundaries

Moderator: David Weindorf, Texas Tech University
Room: Cira A
Making Blue Go Green: Introducing Post-Consumer Composting to a Large University
Nicole Berg, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Achieving Zero Waste at University Dining Halls and Food Courts
Lotus Thai, Aramark/UCI, Irvine, CA
Teaching the Future, Stanford University's Composting Collection and Education Programs
Julie Muir, PSSI/Stanford Recycling, Stanford, CA

Public-Private Partnerships Pave the Path to Prosperity

Moderator: Leslie Lukacs, SCS Engineers
Room: Cira B
How the City of Phoenix Leveraged Public Private Partnerships to Develop an Organics Diversion Program
Stacy Hettmansperger, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Public-Private Partnerships Support Food Waste Diversion Efforts
Coryanne Mansell, Center for EcoTechnology, Northampton, MA
Stakeholders and Studies - Building up to Public/Private Partnerships
Anna Lynott, Resource Recycling Systems, Ann Arbor, MI

Managing Difficult or Unusual Feedstocks

Moderator: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell University
Room: Cira A
Composting Swine Mortality from a Brucellosis Outbreak in Upstate New York
R Harry Booth, Booth’s Blend Compost, Greenwich, NY
Composting Liquid Dissolved Air Flotation Sludges
Craig Coker, Coker Composting & Consulting, Troutville, VA
Receiving Liquid Organics into the Compost Field – Texas Pure Products
Sherrian Jones, City of Plano, Plano, TX
Processing Cannabis Residuals
Bob Yost, A1 Organics, Eaton, CO

Seal of Testing Assurance, Part 2: Smart Marketing with STA

Moderator: Bob Engel, Engel and Gray
Room: Solana H
Updates in Compost Labeling, Registration and Certification
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
Get the Logo that Works It, While You Knock Back a Beer
Hilary Nichols
Get on TV's Award-Winning Gardens with the STA Logo
Joe Lamp'l
Vermeer Reception6:30 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, January 30

Registration Open7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tradeshow Open8:00 - 2:30 pm
Coffee-Continental Breakfast8:00 - 8:45 am


8:45 - 10:15 am

Contamination Removal and Reduction

Moderator: Todd Williams, Jacobs Engineering
Room: Cira A
News from the Contaminant Coalface: Pristine Yukon Environment and Canadian Organic Standards Drive Developments in Separation Technology and Contaminant Metrics
Garret Gillespie, Boreal Compost Enterprises Ltd., Whitehorse, Yukon Canada
Capture More Food Waste and Reduce Contamination at Food Establishments: Developing Best Practices for Front-Of-House Collection
Dan Matsch, Eco-Cycle, Boulder, CO
One Composter's Approach--Napa Recycling
Will Kelley, Napa Recycling, Napa, CA

Finding and Keeping the Best Employees: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mark King, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting, St. Louis, MO
Tom DelConte, Vision Recycling, Salinas, CA
Paul Gregory, Texas Disposal Systems, Creedmoor, TX
Noel Lyons, McGill Compost, New Hill, NC
Room: Cira B

Planning for Organics Recycling in Urban and Regional Settings

Moderator: Eileen Banyra, Community Compost Co.
Room: Cira C
Decentralized, Urban Composting
Gregory McCarron, SCS Engineers, Suffern, NY
Measure it to Manage It: Leveraging Waste Composition Studies and Related Analysis to Optimize Organics Management Programs
Tamara Shulman, Tetra Tech, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Orange County Landfills: Confronting an Organics Challenge with a Regional Approach
Isaac Novella, County of Orange/OC Waste & Recycling, Santa Ana, CA
Chicago Uses Strategic Planning and an Environmental Management System to Develop a High Quality Biosolids Composting Solution
Daniel E. Collins, Retired - Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Frankfort, IL

Compost Uses and Markets: Critical Info for Customers

Moderator: Bryan Moore, City of Plano
Room: Solana H
Protecting your Product from Persistent Herbicides
Dan Goosen
Teaming with Microbes
Jeff Lowenfels
Understanding the Mechanisms of Compost-Mediated Plant Disease Suppression
Rick Carr, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA
Break10:15 - 11:00 am
Room: Tradeshow


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Evolving Perspectives on Compostable Food Serviceware

Moderator: Matt Cotton, IWMC
Room: Cira A
Beyond the Food: Evaluating Compostable Foodservice Packaging as a Feedstock
Michelle Riggs
Compostable Foodservice Ware - A Restaurant’s Perspective
Ryan Cooper, Rubicon Global, Atlanta, GA
A Decade of Experience Leads to Shifting Opinion
Jack Hoeck, Rexius Forest By Products, Eugene, OR

New Learnings on Composting Technological Deployment

Moderator: Jeff Dannis, Howard Co, MD
Room: Cira B
Improving Energy Efficiency for Aerated Composting Systems
Michael Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies, Bainbridge Island, WA
The Challenges and Lessons Learned for Start-Up of Automated Covered Aerated Static Pile Composting Facilities
Maura Dougherty, Cornerstone Environmental Group, a Tetra Tech Company, Dublin, CA
Odor Control Performance Comparison Between Composting Technologies
Todd O. Williams, Jacobs Engineering, South Lyon, MI
Why, When and How to Successfully Hybridize Composting, Vermicomposting and Liquid Extracts Industrial Production
Francisco Arturo Niembro, Compostamex, Queretaro City, Queretaro Mexico

Managing Regulations and Regulators

Moderator: Robert Wadley, TN DEC
Room: Cira C
Food Waste and Composting under New Jersey Law: Three Frontiers
Matthew A. Karmel, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, Morristown, NJ
Lessons and Tips from Two Years of Site Planning and Development of a 20 Acre Composting Facility in NW Indiana
Mike Johnson, Heartland Sustainable Farms, Fair Oaks, IN
State and Local Regulatory Obstacles to Composting - How to Manage the Regulators
Martin Siegel, Stock and Leader, York, PA

Compost Uses and Markets: Expanding Opportunities

Moderator: Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority
Room: Solana H
Connecting Soil Health and Water Quality: Expanding Opportunities for the Compost Industry in Regional Water Quality Initiatives and Conservation Planning
Tom Zimnicki, Michigan Environmental Council, Lansing, MI
Creating a Comprehensive Compost Specification for Soil Compaction Remediation for the Urban Landscaping Industry
Hannah Heyman, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Circular Economy in Action: Compost Turf Study with City of Phoenix and Arizona State University
Stacy Hettmansperger, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Compostponics: Manufacturing Growing Media while Composting
John Biernbaum, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Networking with Vendors - Lunch to purchase in Tradeshow Hall12:30 - 2:00 pm
Green Sports Tour1:30 - 2:30 pm
Meet Front Entrance


2:00 - 3:30 pm

Making it Work: Improving Your Collection Programs

Moderator: Wayne Bowen, The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
Room: Cira A
Incorporating Commercial Food Waste Collections Into Compost Operations
Rick Shipley, Organix Recycling, LLC, Mokena, IL
Cultivating the New Normal to Capture Organics and Reduce Trash Tonnage: Commercial and Municipal Case Studies Demonstrating Success
Tamara Shulman, Tetra Tech, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Food / Organics Programs: Making it Work
Dana D'Souza, SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, INC, Superior, CO
Anastomosis: Partnering With Community Composting Organizations
Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders, Cleveland, OH

Metrics, Measurements and Apps--What's New and Hot!

Moderator: Pierce Louis, Dirthugger
A Vendor Showcase, For details click HERE
Room: Cira B

LEAC Policy session: Working with Cities; Policy Barriers

Moderator: Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition
Room: Cira C
Food Matters: Working with Cities to Measure and Tackle Wasted Food
Darby Hoover, NRDC, San Francisco, CA
Community Composting: Law and Policy
Kourtnii Brown, Sustainable Economies Law Center , San Francisco, CA
Discussion: Defining Advocacy for the USCC

Compost Uses and Markets: Step It Up a Notch

Moderator: Hilary Nichols, USCC
Room: Solana H
Product Branding to Assist in Compost Marketing
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
Food Safety Modernization Act: Implications for Composters
David Ingram, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, College Park, MD
Value-Added Products for Composting Operations
Rhonda Sherman, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Opportunities for Compost in the Organic Market
Jesse Brown, Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), Eugene, OR
Closing Celebration, Annual Awards, Pitch Competition Finalists3:45 - 5:30 pm
Room: Solana E
Young Professionals Reception6:00 - 7:30 pm
Ecoverse Annual USCC Party6:00 - 9:00 pm
Outdoor Pool Area

Thursday, January 31

Demo Day Schedule

7:30AMFirst Shuttle Buses Leave from Hotel, and run continuously all day
8:00AMWelcome and Breakfast
all dayDisplay Equipment Available to View and Discuss with Vendors
8:30AMGrinders and Shredders
11:00AMWindrow Turners, Mixing and Application Equipment
12:00PMEnjoy a Delicious Lunch!
1:00PMGrinders and Shredders
4:00PMLast Bus Leaves