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Vietnamese High School Student Wins 2014 Compost Poster Design Competition

February 20, 2014

A high school student whose studies taught him the disadvantages of chemical fertilizer and the benefits of compost has earned the top prize in the 11th Annual International Composting Awareness Week Poster Design Contest, a program of the United States Composting Council.

The design of Tam Pham Hoang Buu, a 12th grader at the ABC International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, won from a field of 116 submissions in student and adult categories, coming from 29 countries around the world, with about half from the United States.

This year’s theme, Compost: The Solution to Sustainable Soil and Water, generated interest from many designers who are gardeners or concerned about growing food pesticide free, according to their design descriptions. Many also incorporated other uses of compost into their designs that referenced green public works uses, such as projects to slow down erosion from stormwater.

“It is clear from these entries that the benefits of compost for clean soil and water resonate around the world. Outstanding entries were received from nearly every continent as well as many states in the US.” said Jeff Ziegenbein, chair of the USCC’s International Compost Awareness Week Committee and project manager for Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority in California.

Tam will receive a $500 prize for being the top winner, and his design will be the theme of posters, T shirts and other ways of promoting International Compost Awareness Week around the world May 4-­‐10, 2014.

“This competition allows me to have a chance to protect the environment through the use of design,” Tam said.

International Compost Awareness Week is an annual multi-­‐media publicity and education campaign that showcases composting and compost products, from backyards to large-­‐scale composting facilities. Sponsors of this year’s campaign include: BioBag, BioCycle Magazine, City of Los Angeles, Composting News, Filtrexx International, Georgia Recycling Coalition, MSW Management Magazine, NatureWorks, Recology, Reotemp, St. Joseph Regional Health Network, StopWaste.Org, Vermeer, Waste Management, WeCare Organics.

The U.S. Composting Council is a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry. Established in 1990, the USCC achieves this mission by supporting and performing compost-­‐related research, promoting best management practices, establishing standards, educating professionals and the public about the benefits of composting and using finished compost. USCCmembers include compost producers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.

The USCC is a non-­‐profit 501(c) (6) organization that also directs the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF), a 501(c) (3) charitable foundation, which administers public and private research and education activities.

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