Erin Levine

Erin Levine

Erin Levine

Recology | "CA Central Valley rangeland carbon sequestration project"

Dixon CA |

USCC Member

Erin began her journey in the solid waste industry in 2005 with an electronic waste recycler. She soon became familiar with the term “resource recovery” and began to pay attention to the new regulations on organics recycling. She made the switch to work full time selling compost in 2011. She developed a brand and aided with sales and marketing efforts with Waste Management in the Northern CA market area for 6 years. She then moved to Recology, the largest commercial composter on the West Coast. She now holds a position in marketing at Recology and leads the growth for the Recology Organics brand. Erin has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College in Liberal and Civic Studies, she is a LEED Green Associate and a certified Compost Programs Manager through the Solid Waste Authority of North America.

Session Code: C4

Session Name: Addressing Climate Change

Session Time: Wed, January 27 3:00-4:15 PM EST

Session Description: Climate change may be the existential crisis of our time, but compost figures prominently as part of the solution, especially as part of increasing organic matter in the soil. Learn how applying compost to rangeland in California is working in theory and practice, and how to assess your own impacts.

Presentation Title: CA Central Valley rangeland carbon sequestration project

Presentation Description: Recology partnered with a ranch in the central valley called Kistler Santo Domingo Ranch who received a grant from the California Department of Food and Ag for the use of compost on their rangelands to fuel research on carbon sequestration. We will walk through the details of the project including what was required to be eligible for the grant and what our initial findings are (almost) 2 years in. We will talk about the ranch and what motivated them to apply for the grant. We will display the soil sample tests taken prior to any compost being applied. We will talk about the rate we applied and be able to show footage of the compost being delivered and spread. We can go over how they calculate the anticipated amount of C02 that will be stored in the ground (by a tool called COMET). Further, we can talk about the Healthy Soils Program continuing in other areas and where we’ve provided compost to.