Kourtnii Brown

Kourtnii Brown

Kourtnii Brown

Speaker | California Alliance for Community Composting

San Francisco, CA | kourtnii.brown@gmail.com

Kourtnii Brown is a worm wrangler, soil slinger, and the Founder and Director of Common Compost in Oakland, California. Her on-site community compost projects empower sustainable resource recovery and improve local food systems in Alameda, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties. Before Common Compost was hatched, Kourtnii spent 15 years as an environmental policy analyst working to strengthen natural resource management and build community resilience to climate change, with field experience across the Asia-Pacific region. She currently consults on compost policy initiatives for the Sustainable Economies Law Center and Institute for Local Self Reliance, who collaborate to educate community composters from around the Bay Area and the country on how to participate in shaping local compost rules and ordinances. Kourtnii also co-founded and serves on the Steering Committee for the California Alliance for Community Composting, which was recently awarded a $1.35m grant from CalRecycle to expand small-scale composting infrastructure and training in low-income communities throughout the state.

Session Code: D4

Track: California

Session Name: Community Composters – An Emerging Sector

Session Time: Thursday, Jan 26, 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Presentation Title: Community Composters — An Emerging Sector

Presentation Summary: Since October 2020, the California Alliance for Community Composting has been supported by the California Climate Initiatives and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. We are assisting CalRecycle to administer the $1.5M “Community Composting for Green Spaces”(CCGS) pilot grant program, which runs through March 2023. CACC’s five Regional Coorindators will present a full panel discussion on this state-led funding opportunity for launching, expanding, and improving small-scale composting operations with infrastructure and labor. Our Alliance will share our experiences designing and implementing CCGS in 6 priority regions throughout California. Our goal is to demonstrate how integral and affordable community-based organizations are to meting organics diversion targets at a regional scale. In addition to technical assistance for infrastructure development, CACC will also discuss our Community Soil Stewardship Training curriculum created in collaboration with the Institute for Local Self Reliance and the U.S. Composting Council. CACC will detail our support to CCGS sites in basic market development, including working through metrics and reporting, liability insurance, compost quality assurance, safety and other key elements, which need to be in place so that these community- and farm-based operations are able to sustain operations after the grant period offering place-based jobs and healthy soil to their communities.

This is a proposal for a full session. Kourtnii will do a 5-10 minute introduction, moderate the panelists, and host a 15-20 minute Q&A.
Panelists include:

Michael Martinez
Elinor Crescenzi
Charlotte Canner
Lynn Fang

Complete Bios will be provided