Featured Speakers

COMPOST2015 Keynote Speakers

John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
Opening Plenary Talk title: “Compost Saves the Planet! (Really)”
Presenter Bio:

John Wick was a union carpenter and studied project management at both SF State and UC Berkeley. John worked in the SF Bay area on commercial and high-end residential projects from 1975 until 1995. Since 1998, he has been a cattle rancher, a grass farmer, and is now the manager of microorganisms at the watershed scale.

He is co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project, which continues to expand our scientific understanding of compost and climate


MISSION: In response to the rapid pace of global climate change, the Marin Carbon Project (MCP) seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils through applied research, demonstration and implementation.

VISION: Our vision is for landowners and land managers of agricultural ecosystems to serve as stewards of soil health and to undertake carbon farming in a manner that can improve on-farm productivity and viability, enhance ecosystem functions, and stop and reverse climate change.

Pashon Murray

Detroit Dirt
Closing Plenary Talk title: “Why Do We Work So Hard?”
Presenter Bio:

Pashon has an unrelenting drive for waste reduction, recycling and reuse of materials. She would like to help change the carbon footprint of Detroit through revitalizing neighborhoods, finding solutions for everyday waste and eliminating trips to the landfill.

After graduating from Grand Rapids Christian High, Pashon went to Texas Southern University, where she earned her degree in Business Marketing and played on the TSU basketball team. Having grown up in a family that owned a waste transportation business, Pashon returned to her roots in Grand Rapids to help her father run his maintenance company, which led to the launch of her minority certified company Waste Trends, which provided roll-off containers for construction site cleanup and recycling for reusable materials.

In 2010 Pashon started Detroit Dirt, specializing in providing compost and biomass solutions for the Detroit community.  Detroit Dirt’s closed loop model process was designed by Pashon to help with revitalizing the Detroit community.  In 2012, Pashon launched Sustainable Integrations (SI). SI is a Detroit based 501(c)(3) organization with offices located in the historic Corktown area next to downtown.  SI was formed to combat environmental deterioration by learning, educating, leading and serving the public through programs and services on sustainable land utilization, ecosystem remediation, renewable energy practice and improved waste management.  The goal is to achieve a balance that is equally sensitive to social-environmental, environmental-economic and economic-social issues addressing difficult concerns such as natural resource stewardship, energy efficiency, business ethics and environment awareness.

In 2014 Pashon was featured in this Ford commercial that went viral!

As a proud resident of the Motor City and one of its most energetic advocates, Pashon has the passion for making Detroit one of the greenest cities in America.