Monday, January 28

Workshops

TitleInstructorsTimeFees
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Full Day

Baseline Technical Knowledge for Selling Compost
Understanding specific technical aspects of the ‘green industry’ is essential to the successful marketing of compost. This workshop was developed to provide composters and compost marketers with a basic technical understanding of soil and plant functions, and explain how compost assists these functions - ‘WHY COMPOST IS SO GOOD FOR THE SOIL AND WHY IT HELPS PLANTS GROW’. The course also describes products that are used along with compost, as well as those which compete with compost, as well as the pros and cons of their usage, compared to compost. Without understanding the basics of the industries in which we sell, it is impossible to be productive in the sale of compost. This course provides these basics on an easy to understand and practical level.
Ron Alexander9:00 – 4:00310/385
Compost Business Management
This full day training will cover the basic principles and techniques necessary to create a successful compost business. This course is designed to provide a ‘buildable” foundation for all attendees.
Mark King and David Hill8:30 – 4:30310/385
Compost Odor Emissions and Process Efficiency – Connecting the Science to the Practice
In this class we will present how composting biology responds to process conditions inside the pile, and what operators can do to make it better. This will include a not-too-technical discussion of research findings and mechanisms. We’ll then review what is meant by BMP compliance, and how the range of BMP compliance impacts the biology. This will include actual data from operating composting facilities. We’ll then talk about how operations and facility design contribute to BMP compliance. Finally, we’ll look at the economics of BMP compliance and discuss how to determine the right level of BMP compliance for specific composting facilities. The class includes an afternoon session where participants can problems or issues in ahead of time and Tim and Geoff will discuss solutions with the whole class.
Tim O'Neil and Geoffrey Hill8:00 - 3:00310/385
Foundations of Composting
This intensive and interactive one-day training will cover the basic concepts, practices and “how to’s” of compost production. The course will provide a broad foundation for novice compost operators, managers and regulators and will refresh veteran composters on the underlying scientific principles. Subjects will include: Basic principles of composting, process insights, facility design and managing, feedstock properties, qualities of compost, odor control, major processing methods, and an overview of markets for compost.
Matt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:00 – 4:30310/385

Half Day

Boost Profits for Your Composting Operation with Value-Added Products
This workshop will help anyone from waste generators, waste haulers, composters, municipalities, small to large businesses and many more interested in starting to divert their organic waste. The workshop is full of information about why organics diversion is so important; what is compostable; how to separate the material; how to work with haulers; ways to connect with the composter; training; environmental benefits to all; and many other aspects of making this a successful venture. The goal is to get all parties involved in knowing how to start a composting program, no matter where they are.
Rhonda Sherman and Zachary Brooks8:30 to noon205/255
Compost U--Moving Colleges and Universities Toward Zero Waste with Organics Recycling
RRS instructor will provide participants with an overview of how to conduct a baseline data review of organic waste streams generated on college and university campuses to gain a better understanding of the current volumes, costs, and opportunities for recovery and recycling. RRS will then share a range, and possibly a combination, of collection solutions, as well as on-site and off-site organics processing including ranges of capital and operating costs for each option.
Nicole Chardoul8:30 to noon205/255
How to Start a Successful Organics Diversion Program
This workshop will help anyone from waste generators, waste haulers, composters, municipalities, small to large businesses and many more interested in starting to divert their organic waste. The workshop is full of information about why organics diversion is so important; what is compostable; how to separate the material; how to work with haulers; ways to connect with the composter; training; environmental benefits to all; and many other aspects of making this a successful venture. The goal is to get all parties involved in knowing how to start a composting program, no matter where they are.
Gary Bilbro8:30 to noon205/255

Tours

Reimagine Phoenix—Resource Innovation Campus and Compost Facility Tour, plus tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden
Start with a tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden, thriving in part due to compost supplied by the City of Phoenix. Then get an in depth look the City of Phoenix's Resource Innovation Campus, including the state-of-the-art composter operated by WeCare-Denali.
The Resource Innovation Campus highlights the City of Phoenix’s economic development hub for innovators building Phoenix’s circular economy, including the award winning 27th Avenue Compost Facility. The industrial scale compost facility occupies 27 acres of the Resource Innovation Campus and began operating June 2017 with the capacity to process up to 55,000 tons of inbound organics per year. The facility is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated by WeCare Denali.
Limit: 40
8:30 to noon145/195
Reimagine Phoenix—Resource Innovation Campus and Compost Facility Tour
The Resource Innovation Campus highlights the City of Phoenix’s economic development hub for innovators building Phoenix’s circular economy, including the award winning 27th Avenue Compost Facility. The industrial scale compost facility occupies 27 acres of the Resource Innovation Campus and began operating June 2017 with the capacity to process up to 55,000 tons of inbound organics per year. The facility is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated by WeCare Denali.
Limit: 40
1:00 to 3:30125/175
Adding Value and Organic Farm Compost Production and Use
First stop is the Arizona Worm Farm, demonstrating pre-composting, vermicomposting, biodeisel production, and other sustainable practices. Then to Blue Sky Organic Farm, where we will learn how they produce and use their compost in commercial organic vegetable production. This tour can be taken as a package with the morning workshop of Adding Value, or as a stand-alone tour.
1:00 to 5:00145/195
Compost U—Tour of Composting and Other Sustainability Efforts at ASU
Arizona State University has been names the #1 innovative School by US News and World Report, and has the first School of Sustainability in the nation. Come see how they address collection of greenwaste and food waste. Tour public-facing programs in Athletics and back-of-house program with Grounds Services. Hear about the use of LeanPath and how it has helped reduce waste and address contamination. Other topics included in the tour include campus harvest program, Ditch the Dumpster (move-in and move-out programs), large events collection, and sustainable design/construction. This tour can be taken as a package with the morning workshop on Campus Composting, or as a stand-alone tour.
1:00 to 5:00145/195

Tour and Workshop Packages

Adding Value Workshop and Tour8:30 to 5:00310/385
Campus Composting Workshop and Compost U Tour8:30 to 5:00310/385