Donald Pearson

Donald Pearson

Donald Pearson

Speaker | Summit Design and Engineering Services

Fuquay Varina, NC | donald.pearson@summitde.net

Donald recently retired with 30 years of service to the NC Department of Transportation where he worked in Highway Infrastructure development in Central North Carolina. His responsibilities centered around helping the Department maintain environmental compliance with State and Federal Environmental Regulations. Over a decade ago, he connected with US Composting Council’s Frank Franciosi and local compost applicators to give compost a try on highway roadsides to improve establishment of permanent vegetation. Those early trials turned into NCDOT recognizing compost blanket/seeding as a BMP for stabilizing soils along the Interstate. Donald is still pursuing his interests in Environmental Compliance/Stewardship as an employee with Summit Design and Engineering, as a member of the NC Sediment Commission’s Technical Committee, and as a co instructor for an Erosion and Sediment Control/Stormwater Certification program provided through NC State University’s Crop and Soil Science Department that is intended for individuals working on NCDOT projects.

Session Code: 5E

Track: Uses, Markets and Marketing

Session Name: Building Specifications & Product Knowledge

Session Time: Wednesday, January 26, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Presentation Title: “Exonerating” Compost from other materials on trial

Presentation Description: Resource Conservation efforts are gaining traction in the world of Construction and Land Development across the Country. It’s not uncommon for State Department of Transportation Engineers to receive a variety of requests to try products on the right of way made from recycled materials, incorporate controversial materials like Municipal or Animal sludge, or even allow by products from a variety of manufacturing applications like Coal Combustion or Medicinal products. Approaching these Engineers seeking approval to apply Compost on right of way can find your efforts lost in a category labeled “Materials on Trial”. How can you separate Compost from all those others? Lets discuss some approaches.