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Chad Hymas, One of World’s Top Inspirational Speakers, To Address COMPOST2017

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At the age of 27, the life of Chad Hymas changed instantaneously when an ignorant behavior-based safety attitude resulted in an accident which left him a quadriplegic. This led him to found RWS (Roll with Safety Legacy Companies) and Chad Hymas Communications.

Since that time Chad has been recognized by the state of Utah as the Superior Civilian of the Year. He has also been voted “Most Influential Safety Speaker in the World”, inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame and been named “one of the world’s most inspiring individuals” by the Wall Street Journal.

Chad will inspire attendees of COMPOST2017 in the opening Keynote Plenary presentation, “Leaving a Legacy”, focused on safety and leaving a legacy. Come to COMPOST2017 and leave with concrete leadership ideas that will remain with you from internationally renowned wheelchair athlete and motivational speaker Chad Hymas.

Learn more at chadhymas.com or rollwithsafety.com

 

Our educational sessions speakers include:


Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.

Mr. Alexander has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of compost and other organic recycled product manufacturing, marketing and utilization. He has authored over 300 articles and presentations on organic recycled product marketing and utilization, and is the author of “˜The Practical Guide to Compost Marketing and Sales. Mr. Alexander is a past USCC Board member and the current Co-chair of the Market Development Committee. He is also the recipient of the USCC’s “Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry”, and it’s “Clean Water Award”.
He will present, Compost and Phosphorous Regulation and California Compost Markets — Can They Grow Fast Enough?


Bridget Anderson, Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability

Bridget Anderson is responsible for the development and implementation of DSNY’s sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on waste reduction, recycling, and community composting programs. Ms. Anderson also oversees the rollout and expansion of participation in the city’s new organics collection program, which currently services over 700,000 New Yorkers in all five of the city’s Boroughs. Ms. Anderson serves on several national and regional committees on recycling, composting and sustainable material management through the Recycling Partnership Technical Council, Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers, US Composting Council, ASTM International, among other initiatives. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA in geology and biology from Macalester College.

Panelist, From Curb to Compost: How the City of New York is Building an Organics Collection Program to Serve 8.5 Million People


Kevin Barnes, City of Bakersfield

Kevin manages a large compost facility. In 2012 he formed a team to develop a low emission compost system to benefit the industry. In 2015 the closure of a biomass plant left his facility with a surplus of 200 tons per day of wood chips. He is retooling the compost facility to meet the challenge of the failed biomass market.

He will present, Canary in the Biomass Mine


Timothy Bennett, Bennett Compost, Inc.

Tim Bennett is the owner and founder of Bennett Compost, Inc., the largest residential composting company in the Philadelphia region. Bennett Compost has won numerous awards for excellence including a “Best of Philly” award from Philadelphia Magazine and a “Sustainable Business of the Year” award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

He will present, Developing and Implementing a Residential Composting Program in a Major Urban Area: A Case Study of Bennett Compost in Philadelphia, PA


Tracie Bills, SCS Engineers

Tracie has over 20 years of materials management experience, including working for a hauler, a county government, a non-profit, and over 10 years with materials management consulting firms. She has provided zero waste strategies and technical expertise, visual and physical waste characterizations, organics infrastructure analysis and research, and recycling and waste management technical support to government agencies and businesses.

She will present, A small community, mandatory organics and politics: A Technology and Infrastructure Case Study


Kirk Boiling, RDO Integrated Controls

He will present, Volumetric Measurements with UAVs


Nick Boomer Boomspharm LLC

Panelist, Compost and Cannabis: A Match Made in Legalization


Allie Breyer, City of Eugene

Allie Breyer, Waste Prevention Analyst at the City of Eugene, has her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oregon and has experience working in environmental policy and planning issues in Oregon.

She will present, The Circular Economy in Action: City of Eugene’s Love Food Not Waste® Community Campaign


Louise Bruce, NYC Department of Sanitation

This series of presentations will be given by representatives of DSNY’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, Operations Management Division, and Bureau of Solid Waste Management, each of which play an integral role in the development, implementation, and management of organics diversion initiatives.

He will present, From Curb to Compost: How the City of New York is Building an Organics Collection Program to Serve 8.5 Million People


Michel-BryanBrownMichael Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies

Mr. Bryan-Brown is a Civil/Environmental Engineer with experience in compost systems design, biosolids management and wastewater treatment design. He is president and founder of Green Mountain Technologies, a leading manufacturer of composting equipment in the U.S. Responsibilities include overall management of the company, product design and prototyping. He is holder of 3 U.S. patents in the field of composting and is the author of numerous papers.

He will present, Designing Aeration and Biofiltration Systems for Hot Arid Environments


Bill Camarillo, Bill Camarillo

CEO of Agromin one of the largest organics recyclers in California and the United States, remains passionate after 25 years in the industry. As the CEO of Agromin he plays a key role in pioneering sustainability through organics conversion. All of Agromin’s over 200 eco-friendly organic soil products are sold in the retail, agriculture, landscape and energy sectors. Agromin’s products are earth friendly and the result of over 5,500,000 tons of organic waste materials which have been transformed since 1991.

He will present, How to Overcome Regulatory Fatigue and How are economics impacted by SSO? – Processing & end market perspective


Michel-BryanBrownNicole Chardoul, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)

Nicole has 18 years of experience in engineering, pollution prevention, recycling and composting facility construction oversight, as well as equipment and system procurement. Nicole has trained compost site operators in Michigan since 2002 and serves on local food policy and composting committees to encourage food diversion from the landfill. Nicole is actively working with universities, healthcare and urban farming organizations in Michigan to build capacity for composting of food scraps from food service operations and to support healthy, local food supply.

She will moderate, ReFED Roadmap on the Ground: Approaches to Organics Tracking & Collection to Achieve Scale


David Crohn, UC Riverside

Dr. Crohn earned his doctorate in 1992 from Cornell University in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Since then he has been a professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. His research emphasizes the beneficial use of municipal and agricultural residues as soil amendments and fertilizers.

He will present, “Results of Current Biochar Research”


Debra C. Darby, Darby Marketing

Drawing on her experience with biopolymers, product end-of-life disposition and marketing, Debra has a proven ability to clearly communicate the value proposition of sustainable business practices. Formerly the director of brand and marketing communications with Metabolix, she manages an independent consultancy serving as key strategic advisor to clients including Organix Solutions, a company focused on organics recycling. She received a Master of Science degree in Work Environment/Cleaner Production from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

She will present, Expanding Organic Waste Diversion in New England: An Analysis of a Military Installation Pilot Program


Christiana Darlington, Placer County Air Pollution Control District

She will present, “Overview of the Impacts of Biomass Energy Industry Changes and Dynamics”


Neil Edgar, Chair of USCC Legislative and Environmental Affairs Committee

Neil Edgar has been a Senior Project Manager with Edgar & Associates in Sacramento, California since 2001. Edgar & Associates, Inc. is a governmental affairs and environmental engineering firm specializing in solid waste management, recycling, composting, renewable energy, and climate change issues.

Mr. Edgar has consulted on over two dozen organic waste management projects for client companies including technical feasibility, collection options, land use compatibility, site design, operations, grant and loan funding, financial modeling, regulatory compliance, and market development.

Mr. Edgar was co-founder of the California Compost Coalition, a statewide lobbying coalition that focuses on legislative and regulatory development regarding composting and other organics management options. Mr. Edgar is a co-Chair of the United States Composting Council’s Legislative and Environmental Affairs Committee and serves as a policy liaison for the California Organics Recycling Council, a statewide advocacy group dedicated to increasing the sustainable use of recycled organics.

He will present, “USCC’s Policy Agenda”


Dustin FedakoDustin Fedako, Compost Pedallers

Dustin is the co-founder and CEO of The East Side Compost Pedallers, a 100% bike-powered compost recycling program that collects organic waste from Austin homes & businesses and pedals them directly to nearby urban farms and community gardens to grow more local food. He has spoken on the topics of waste and urban agriculture across the US.

Dustin also sits on the board of the Food is Free Project, an urban gardening non-profit, and recently helped launch the Permacultourism Initiative.

He will present, “Bike-Powered Collection Spurs Community Participation”


Rob FriendDean Florez, ARB Board Member and Environmental Justice Representative to CARB

Dean Florez is a proven leader in the air quality arena having served as the past Chairman of the California Senate Select Committee on Air Quality. While in the Senate, he authored a series of ground- breaking anti-pollution laws focused on the San Joaquin Valley’s dirty air and repealed the agriculture industry’s historic exemption from air operating permits that had lasted for 63 years.

Sen. Florez served in the California Assembly from 1998 to 2002 and in the Senate from 2002 to 2010, representing the Central Valley including Bakersfield, Fresno and 18 other cities. Sen. Florez is now President and CEO of Balance Public Relations which specializes in education and technology.

Senator Florez also served as the Senate’s appointee to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education and served as President of the Twenty Million Minds Foundation. Florez is a thought leader on higher education issues and has been a featured speaker at the New York Times and White House.

A former investment banker, Sen. Florez received his MBA from Harvard in 1993. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA, where he also served as Student Body President

He will present, “Building the Organics Recycling Industry Using AB 1071 – Supplemental Environmental Projects”


Eva Fowler, ReFED

She will present, “ReFED Activities & successes proceeding the publication of the Roadmap”


Rob FriendRob Friend, SET

He will present, Compostable Food Service Items – Acceptable or Not?


Brian FuchsBrian Fuchs, W. L. Gore & Associates

Brian is the North American Business Director at W. L. Gore & Associates for GORE® Cover technology and has been serving the environmental field for over 20 years. Brian’s experience includes project management, contracting, regulatory affairs and field testing, including pilot studies and full scale facility operations. Before joining Gore, Brian spent his time as a chemical application specialist in the drinking water and wastewater treatment industry. Brian did his undergraduate study at the New York Institute of Technology and received an MBA from the University of Delaware.

He will present, High versus Low Quality Compost: A Process Comparison for Composting Anaerobic Digestion Residuals


Jeff Gage, Green Mountain Technology

Jeff Gage is a traveling composter, currently living in Kigali, Rwanda and working on-line like most of you. Having permitted, operated, trouble-shot and visited hundreds of composting operations for a living over 26 years along the west coast and over the past 5 years traveling to 41 countries, Jeff has gained a valuable perspective on what is essential to the process and the bottom line. Jeff has help develop the USCC, WRAP and WORC Operator Training courses, made and sold close to a million cubic yards of compost, and saved several facilities from closure and designed many new facilities that customers are happy with. He speaks way too much and way too often at composting and recycling conferences, and should just shut up and listen. He loves this industry and has done his best to make it thrive.

He will present, Reduce Your Compost Facility Footprint and Do More Composting with Less Handling


Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting

Patrick Geraty founded St. Louis Composting, Inc. in 1992 in response to Missouri Senate Bill 530 which established solid waste disposal reduction goals. Prior to founding St. Louis Composting, Geraty owned and operated a landscaping company for 12 years. With over 25 years of dedication to the recycling and composting industry, Geraty has grown his company into the largest composting business in the St. Louis region which process more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of organics each year.

Geraty uses his experience in the composting industry to work with other businesses and municipalities to provide assistance in planning, designing and implementing compost operations and various green projects. His extensive industry connections throughout Missouri culminated in the formation of the Composting and Organics Association of Missouri (COAM) in 2010. As President of COAM, Geraty and composters throughout Missouri work together to increase the quality, value and usage of recycled organics in Missouri by providing education, information and resources and promoting activities and legislation that build healthy soils, benefit people and minimize negative environmental impacts.

Additionally, Geraty is an active contributor to and enthusiastic emissaries of the “full circle” movement. He donates thousands of cubic yards of compost to community gardens, schools and local non-profit projects across the St. Louis area yearly. His long-standing commitment to responsible management of organic materials led past-Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointing him to the Missouri Solid Waste Advisory Board in 2012 and has since renewed his appointment to the Board. Geraty has also sat on the USCC Board for 7 years.

He will present, It Could Happen to You


Maddie Gittlin, Global Green

Maddie Gittlin began her involvement with Global Green as a Research and Outreach intern, helping to expand food waste recovery projects and explore options for future innovative projects. She now has joined us as a Project Assistant for our Coalition for Resource Recovery and our Green Urbanism Program.

Maddie has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she focused on waste management, resource recovery, and the role of diet in global climate change. She has studied and volunteered in places such as the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Fiji and in doing so, has had the opportunity to observe the environmental progress and advancement possibilities in various types of government, social conditions, and climate regions.

Besides a passion for the environment, Maddie also devotes herself to traveling, vegetarian cooking, and soaking up the sun. Mainly raised in sunny California, when she’s not hiking in the canyons, she’s running on the beach.
Since a very young girl, Maddie has told everyone she comes in contact with that she wants to save the world. Now that phrase has adapted to “I want to save the world, one piece of trash at a time!”

She will present, “Food Scrap Diversion in Multi-Family Buildings: Results from LA and SF Bay Area Pilots”


Paul Gregory, Texas Disposal Systems

Paul Gregory serves as director of Organics and Recycling for Texas Disposal Systems, Inc., managing diverted waste streams by segregating and processing them into finished commodities handled by Texas Landfill Management, Acme Iron & Metal, TDS Commodities, Garden-Ville, Texas Organic Products, TDS Eco-Depot Transfer Station and TDS Green Builder Services. Paul works with approximately 85 recycling experts to manage more than 300,000 tons of materials diverted from the landfill annually. He adheres to a simple business model, which has served the company well for decades, of treating waste streams as resources and sustainably diverting and managing waste materials to their highest and best use.

Paul grew up in the business, watching his father, TDS co-founder Bob Gregory, and uncle Jim Gregory, through the achievements that made the company the successful business it is today. He began his career in San Angelo as the fourth-generation manager of family-owned Acme Iron & Metal, Co. In 2006, he moved back to Austin to manage the TDS-operated Georgetown Transfer Station and hauling company. In 2007, after securing a five-year contract renewal with the City of Georgetown, Paul transitioned to Garden-Ville and Texas Organic Products, which he oversees today.

Paul received a B.B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin.

He will present, “The Austin Experience”


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Louise Hénault-Ethier, Brome Composting Systems (Groupe Commercial Paul Larouche)

Louise Hénault-Ethier is a post-doc in organic waste entotechnology and holds an environmental sciences Ph.D. She planned mid-scale university systems (14 tonnes/year vermicomposting; 100 tonnes/year composting), documented best ICI and municipal composting practices for the Québec government, worked on composting in northern Canada and developing countries (Haiti, Senegal, Mali). She co-authored a 300 pages technical guide on on-site composting and two scientific papers on vermicomposting. She received numerous awards for composting projects and oratory talents.

She will present, On-Site Composting in Remote Camps: Benefits, Challenges and Accomplishments


Geoffrey Hill, Engineered Compost Systems

Geoff Hill works as the Director of Consulting Services with Engineered Compost Systems to deliver cost-effective low-odor solutions for the management of food waste, yard waste, MSW, and biosolids. Geoff has consulted with Harvest Power, AgriService, HDR, and other small operators in the compost industry. Geoff has worked on various aspects of compost site design or operations at over 40 facilities. Prior to consulting Geoff managed Harvest’s Fraser Organics, a 240,000 tpy ASP/HSAD facility where he composted food waste, digestate, and yard waste. Geoff has a PhD from UBC which focused on pathogen destruction in small scale composting and vermicomposting systems and a MSc on soil nutrient dynamics. Geoff taught at the University of Alberta for one semester before moving back to the West Coast where he resides.

He will present, Green Energy Without the Cost and Complications of an Anaerobic Process: a Comparative Cost Analysis


Jack Hoeck, Rexius Forest By Products

Jack is Vice President of Production for Rexius Forest By-Products Inc. of Eugene, Oregon. He has been with the company for 40 years, and he was instrumental in developing the company’s yard debris recycling centers. Jack has worked with the City of Eugene to create the “Love Food Not Waste” program that provides opportunities to compost food waste from commercial businesses in the City of Eugene. Jack has over 30 years’ experience in the production of compost. He has served as a Board member for US Composting Council and held positions as Vice president and President. Jack currently serves as a commissioner for the USCC Certification Commission.

He will present, Understanding Biochar and how to use it


Matt de la Houssaye, Global Green

Matt serves as Director of Global Green’s Coalition or Resource Recovery. He leads Global Green’s work in developing and implementing waste diversion pilot programs with partner organizations. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, and a dual BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Emory University.

He will present, Food Scrap Diversion in Multi-Family Buildings: Results from LA and SF Bay Area Pilots


Chris HuntChris Hunt, ReFED

Chris Hunt serves as senior advisor for ReFED (Rethink Food Waste), where he supports the multi-stakeholder collaborative’s efforts to reduce U.S. food waste by providing strategic input on communications, stakeholder engagement, and content development. Before joining ReFED, Chris spent 12 years at the GRACE Communications Foundation, shaping the organization’s promotion of sustainable agriculture by developing campaign strategy, building collaborative partnerships, overseeing content development, and serving as the foundation’s primary spokesperson on food and agriculture issues. Previously, Chris conducted environmental economics research as an Alumni Memorial Scholar at Colgate University, served two terms on the board of directors of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and sat on the steering committee of the New York Street Memorial Project. Though he now lives in Northern California, Chris is proud to be certified as a Master Composter by the New York City Department of Sanitation.

He will present, ReFED Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste: Moving From Analysis to Action


Janaki Jagganath, Community Alliance for Agroecology

Janaki Jagannath coordinates the Community Alliance for Agroecology, a coalition of rural nonprofits who work to advance agricultural and environmental policy towards justice for communities bearing the burden of California’s food system. Most recently Janaki worked at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. in Fresno, enforcing labor standards and environmental justice protections such as access to clean drinking water for farmworker communities in California’s agricultural heartland. In the past Janaki assisted in curriculum development for a new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems degree at UC Davis, a major step for the state of California in shifting paradigms of agricultural education. She has farmed in diversified and orchard crops across the state, including conducting training at the Refugee Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project in San Diego County with refugee women farmers. Through arts and storytelling she works to lift up the histories of small-scale diversified farmers who are growing against the odds of the environmental injustice and socioeconomic burden of the San Joaquin Valley. She is an artist, musician, and novice plant breeder. Janaki holds a B.S. in Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a producers’ certification in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.


John JanesJohn Janes, Caterpillar, Inc.

John Janes is a manager in Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division with responsibilities for industry alignment to Composting and Green Industries. He also works with the training and education of new Caterpillar professionals.

Prior to his current position, John worked in sales and marketing in Caterpillar Inc., most recently as the Industry Representative for the State of Florida and as a National Account Manager.

John holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State University and Duke University in engineering and business and is the assignee on three patents through the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also served in the US Army in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He will present, Calculating the True Cost of Equipment


Evan Johnson, CalRecycle

Evan is Science and Policy Advisor at CalRecycle, concentrating on issues related to climate change and organics recycling, and working to build interagency and stakeholder relationships to support the state’s recycling and waste reduction goals. As part of the Governor’s Tree Mortality Task Force he chairs an interagency working group on biomass market development, and he collaborates with California Department of Food and Agriculture to implement the Healthy Soils Initiative. Prior to CalRecycle, Evan was a principal consultant on domestic and international climate policy and science.

He will present, State Efforts Around Biomass


Kathryn Kellogg Johnson, Kellogg Garden Products

Kathryn Kellogg Johnson of Kellogg Garden Products is interested in the impact of Kellogg operations on the environment. Kathy has developed and managed the business towards a goal of sustainability and regenerative practices. She leads the effort toward environmental integrity, including the purchase of ingredients, the development of new products, energy efficiency in operations, meeting recycling goals, and re-purposing materials for their highest and best use. As “Historian”, she is involved in telling the 90 year story of the company’s commitment to sustainable practices.

Kathy’s passion for educating people on recycling, composting and gardening led to her involvement on the Corporate Board of Advisors for Hollywood’s Environmental Media Association (EMA). She has taught school children and adults about the natural and organic methods of gardening and learned alongside subsistence farmers in TZ, Burundi, Congo, and Oaxaca how to restore their soils, their lives, their community and dignity through the non-profit group Plant with Purpose. Kathy is a founding member of ACP.

She will present, Creating One Voice


Thomas Killeen, Director, Solid Waste Management.

Panelist, From Curb to Compost: How the City of New York is Building an Organics Collection Program to Serve 8.5 Million People


Mark King, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Mark holds a Bachelors of Arts in biology from the University of Maine and a Masters in zoology from Southern Illinois University and has served as Maine DEP’s compost expert for the last 23 years. Additionally, he serves as Director and lead faculty for the Maine Compost School. Mark provides on-going technical assistance to new and existing compost facilities through compost facility design, operations assistance and compost process trouble-shooting. He has worked with all levels of compost facility size and design, and has developed an expertise with medium and large- scale facilities.

He will present, Using Active Biosolids Compost to Manage Poultry Mortalities, an Evaluation of The USDA Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Mortality Composting Protocols


Jeremy Kline, City of Manteca-Solid Waste Division

My career in solid waste has been centered around recycling and organics for 4 years. My new focus is on biogas generation and food recycling.

He will present, “The Straight Dish on Food Recycling in the City of Manteca”


Craig Kolodge, Filtrexx International

Dr. Craig Kolodge is the West Coast Regional Director of Business and Field Development for Filtrexx International, a pioneer in the use of locally recycled organics for creating environmentally sustainable solutions with a special focus on erosion and sediment control and Low Impact Development. Dr. Kolodge is the former academic advisor, administrator and field plant pathologist for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Research and Extension Center in Santa Clara county. As superintendent of the UC Bay Area Research and Extension Center (BAREC), Dr. Kolodge was instrumental in developing the City of San Jose’s green waste utilization program entitled “Agriculture in Partnership with San Jose in 1993. As county director for UCCE, he helped launch the countywide “Master Composters” public education program which continues to be an important part of the city’s environmental and recycling efforts. Dr. Kolodge is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and a Trainer of Record (ToR) for California’s Storm Water Industrial General Permit and has worked in San Diego county where he resides as well as throughout the Western U.S. teaching compost-based applications for managing storm water since 2009.

He will present, “Stormwater Regulation Relief with Compost”


Montae Lawson, Veteran Compost

He will present, From Crab Feast to Compost – Composting at the World’s Largest Crab Feast


Gus Lemus, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

He will present, “Safety is our First Concern”


Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger

Pierce Louis is a co-founder at Dirt Hugger, a composting company with located in Dallesport, WA. At Dirt Hugger, Pierce focuses on business development, marketing and finance, but leaving time to run loaders and screen compost.. He received a BA from University of Virginia and an MBA from Oxford.

He will present, The Cost of Contamination and High-tech, Low Cost: Design, Construction, & Commissioning of a 26,000 TPY ASP facility


Michael Martinez, LA Compost

She will present, “Community Composting Session Keynote: Empowering Neighborhoods Through Compost”


Jennifer Mastalerz, City Sprouts

She will present, “City Sprouts and Bennett Compost Partnership, Philadelphia”


Norma McDonald, OWS, Inc.

Norma McDonald joined OWS in 2009 as North American Sales Manager after owning/operating her own AD company for five years. OWS provides turnkey AD facilities as well as laboratory and consulting services for biodegradability, compostability and environmental fates. She has been involved with the USCC since its inception in 1992, when at Procter & Gamble working on biodegradable diapers. In addition to USCC, Norma is a board member of the American Biogas Council, and serves on several committees and working groups.

She will present, Innovations in Combining AD and Compost Production


Will McHenry, San Diego Food Bank

He will present, “Food Bank Addresses AB 1826 by Composting – Challenges of a Major Food Waste Generator Moving to Zero Waste”


Jonthan Meronek, SCS Engineers

He will present, “Compost Operations and Stormwater Management: Navigating the Complex Waterscape of Water Quality Regulations”


Tom Miles, T R Miles Technical Consultants Inc.

Thomas R. Miles has been the principal of T.R. Miles, Technical Consultants, Portland, Oregon, since 1997. He is an expert in combustion and gasification of biomass fuels such as wood, straws, stalks, and manures. Since 1975 he has designed, developed, installed, and tested systems for processing wood, agricultural, and urban residues, materials handling, pollution control, biomass energy, and biochar. He has sponsored and hosted internet discussions of biomass energy and biochar since 1994. He is a board member of the International Biochar Initiative and Executive Director of the US Biochar Initiative.

He will present, Biochar Products, Systems, and Processes for Organic Recycling and Compost Facilities


JorgeJorge Montezuma, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Jorge Montezuma, Engineer-In-Training, is the Organics Recycling Specialist for the NC Department of Environmental Quality, he provides non-regulatory technical assistance to organic waste generators and processors and serves as the board secretary for the NC Composting Council. His work experience is a blend of solid waste engineering, international sustainable development, and community building. Jorge holds engineering degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and NC State University.

He will present, Studying Organics Recycling in NC


Scott NovakScott Novak, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Scott Novak has over 25 years of operations experience in a number of industries including chemicals manufacturing, distribution, and most recently the consumer lawn and garden industry. He has served in a number of functions including engineering, plant management, regional and national operations leadership and has experience in international operations in Europe, Asia and South America. He currently serves as Global Director of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety for Scotts MiracleGro. He and his team are accountable for ensuring that the company’s employees are safe, the environment is protected and that their products delight the consumer and are compliant with all relevant regulations.

He will present, “Safety is our First Concern”


Tim O'neillTim O’Neill, Engineered Compost Systems

Tim is president and founder of ECS and a USCC Certified Compost Facility Operator.

He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington way back in the 1980’s. He has worked as an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur in the composting industry since 1992. During that time he has developed numerous long-term relationships supplying technical support and equipment to some of the leading composting facilities in North America and beyond. His professional passion is combining science-based inquiry and practical lessons to help large-scale composters find commercial and operational success.

He will present, Using a Flexible Pilot to Optimize Performance of an Aerated Composting System


Calla Rose Ostrander, CA Carbon Project

She will present, “California Carbon Project”


Shari Pardini, Director Operations Management Division and Internal Audits

Panelist, From Curb to Compost: How the City of New York is Building an Organics Collection Program to Serve 8.5 Million People


David Paull, Compost Wheels

He will present, “Connecting Composting to Creating Jobs in Marginalized Communities”


Steve Peterson, Peterson Consulting

Steve Peterson is the founding principal of Peterson Consulting Company, a consulting company focused on structuring and raising equity and debt capital for clients involved in the waste management and recycling industries. Steve utilizes his 35 years of commercial banking experience to work alongside his clients with a proactive approach to source the best financing solutions for facility, equipment and working capital requirements. His experience includes a 26 year career with MUFG Union Bank where he managed the Environmental Services Group. The Environmental Services Group included a portfolio of over 50 client relationships and a $1.5 billion loan portfolio. Steve has structured the financing for a broad array of environmental oriented projects including material recovery facilities, transfer stations, composting facilities, solar projects, landfill gas projects, and anaerobic digester facilities.

He will present, “Financing Challenges and Insights for Organics Processing Facilities”


Brenda PlattBrenda Platt, Institute for Local Self Reliance

Brenda Platt leads ILSR’s Composting for Community program, which – via policy, research, and technical assistance – is advancing composting to create jobs, enhance soils, sequester carbon, and build resilient communities. Her reports include “Stop Trashing the Climate,” “Pay Dirt,” “The State of Composting in the US,” and “Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting.” She is a trained composter and recently launched the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders community composter training program to facilitate small-scale composting.

She will present, Brief Economics of Community & Small-scale Composting. Hurdles to achieving scale


Waylon Pleasanton, Sustainable Generation, LLC

Waylon is an experience composter who has been utilizing aerated static pile technologies since 2006. As the Facilities Operations Supervisor for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Cherry Island facility Waylon’s responsibilities included operating an ASP yard waste composting project. Later he was the Quality Control Manager at the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center and was responsible for quality assurance and quality control. Waylon joined Sustainable Generation in 2015 and is responsible for post sales customer support as well as customer implementation of demonstration projects.

He will present, Best Management Practices for Food Waste and Biosolids ASP Facilities


Colum Riley, Malibu Compost LLC

Colum Riley got his start in compost at a very young age growing up on a biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania. In 2009 he co-founded Malibu Compost, a premium packaged compost and soil amendment company with sales in 23 states and a loyal following. Colum has spoken at the USCC Conference, National Biodynamic Conference, the National Heirloom Expo, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, The Emerald Cup, Living Soils Symposium, Cultivation Classic and more.

He will present, Compost and Cannabis: A Match Made in Legalization


Randy Ritchie, Co-Founder, Malibu Compost, Director of Sales & Marketing

Panelist, Compost and Cannabis: A Match Made in Legalization


Susan Robinson, Waste Management, Inc

Senior Public Affairs Director at WM. 30 years in the industry, including public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. Experience in global commodity marketing, research and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts. Currently responsible for WM’s public policy efforts around recycling, organics management, natural gas and new technologies. Speaker at conferences across the country on recycling, lifecycle thinking and goal-setting.

She will present, What is the Goal? Using Lifecycle Thinking to Create Environmental Programs


Ashley Conrad Saydah, CA Air Resources Board

She will present, “New Climate Policy and How it Impacts Biomass Carbon Management”


Andrew Schlesinger, Elijah’s Promise

Andrew and Anthony (Elijah’s Promise) are merging their backgrounds in environmental studies, landscape architecture, and urban planning to collaborate on Promise Compost: New Jersey’s first community compost project demonstrating and engaging residents in all steps of the compost process. Presenters fuse experience in site design, food systems planning, community outreach initiatives, and grant writing skills to cultivate a project that innovates and expands the capacities of composting in their state.

He will present, Pioneering Community Compost in the Garden State


Kelly Schoonmaker, StopWaste

Kelly Schoonmaker manages StopWaste’s compost and mulch market development program, where she has been educating landscape professionals about the value of healthy soil since 2010. She provides technical assistance on specifying and using compost to landscape architects, contractors and maintenance professionals, as well as home gardeners and public agencies. A licensed landscape architect, she is a proud graduate of the USCC’s Compost Operations Training Course and a board member of the California Organics Recycling Council.

She will present, Food Policy Councils Promote Community Composting


Iesha Siler, Los Angeles Food Policy Council

She will present, “Growing your Urban Market for Compost with Lawn Conversions, Water-Efficient Landscapes, and More!” and How Food Policy Councils Can Play a Role to Assist Local Jurisdictions Meet Organic Waste Diversion Goals


James Slaughter, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C

James has litigated cases and advised clients regarding land application and composting of biosolids for over twenty years. He has argued and tried cases regarding biosolids in courtrooms across the country.

He will present, The Legal Landscape for Compost — Opportunities and Obstacles


Matthew Smith, University of New Hampshire

Matthew has a strong background in presenting compost research that ranges from policy settings (NH State Legislature, USDA Climate Hub, Sustainable Farm Energy Production and Use Committee) to research/industry-based conferences at universities (Cornell, Rutgers, UVM, UNH, Great Bay College). He has also presented compost research to farm & garden organizations (Northeast Organic Farming Association, Northeast Pasture Consortium, and NH Federation of Garden Clubs).

He will present, Heat Recovery from Composting: Past, Present, and Future


Greg Stangl, Phoenix Energy, AZ

He will present, “Private Biomass Energy Industry Dynamics”


Rod Tyler, Filtrexx International

Rod is a Graduate of The Ohio State University, a Certified Professional Agronomist and has been working with compost for nearly 30 years. Rod has worked with the US Composting Council where he served as President, Past President, Vice President, 10 year member of the Marketing Committee, and their National Field Representative until 1998. His bestselling book, “Winning the Organics Game – The Compost Marketers Handbook” discusses issues related to using compost in all the major markets and is a leading textbook used in the industry.
As the Founder and former CEO of Filtrexx International LLC, Rod is also the inventor of the patented Filtrexx® “FilterSoxx technology”, a tubular containment system for compost and soil products including 25 Organic BMP’s, as well as agricultural, home garden, beach restoration, green living walls, streambank stabilization, and environmental restoration applications. Filtrexx products have been used in thousands of projects in ten countries for low impact development.

He will present, What are the economic opportunity for value-added, premium compost products?


Andre Villasenor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Andre Villasenor has served at the Environmental Protection Agency since 2005 where he coordinates sustainable materials management programs. In the last 18 months, he has given twenty-seven presentations at conferences, workshops and webinars on topics including organics diversion, green purchasing, and federal sustainability. Prior to EPA, Mr. Villasenor served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador as a Habitat Conservation Specialist. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy.

He will present, Leveraging EPA’s FOOD Mapping Tool to Recover Wasted Food


Jeff West, Olympic Organics LLC

Jeff West is President of Olympic Organics and New Day Recycling. With 29 years in the solid waste and recycling industry he first presented at Waste Expo in 1990. Since that time he has presented at various conferences. Most recently he has presented on issues relating to composting at the 2016 USCC in Jacksonville and Washington State Recycling Association Annual Conference in Wenatchee WA.

He will present, The Future of Compostability Standards: The Compost Manufacturers’ Perspective


Annie White, Office of Waste Diversion, Washington, DC

Annie White serves as the manager of the Office of Waste Diversion which is charged with leading the development and implementation of the District’s zero waste plan. Prior to working for the District, Annie launched and led GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery, two industry working groups housed within non-profit organizations which are dedicated to developing sustainable packaging and recovering its value at end of life. Since its inception, GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition has grown from its nine founding member companies to over 200 members, and has been lauded as ‘One of the most influential groups in packaging’. While working with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry and through independent endeavors, Annie has consulted with Fortune 500 clients on issues including: sustainable products and packaging, recycling, sustainable purchasing, and sustainability reporting and communications. Annie’s work has been cited in the New York Times, Grist and leading trade publications. Annie earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business and a MS in Sustainable Systems from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. She also holds a dual BS in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William and Mary.

She will present, Political Economy of Food Waste Collection & Organics Recovery


Das Williams, Supervisor, District 1, Santa Barbara County

He will present, “A Vision for California’s Continued Organics/Carbon Leadership – SB 32 and Beyond”


Todd Williams, CH2M

Mr. Williams has a 36-year career in environmental engineering with operating and design experience and specific emphasis in composting, residuals and biosolids management. Mr. Williams has authored over 150 publications and presentations on residuals management and is a contributing author for several books significant to biosolids and residuals management, composting, and odor control. Todd is an engineering graduate of Virginia Tech and is the past Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Residuals and Biosolids Committee. Todd works out of CH2M’s Richmond, Virginia office where he serves as CH2M’s Global Wastewater Technology Practice Deputy Leader.

He will present, Development of a Successful Composting Program in Kodiak, Alaska


Tom Wright, Sustainable Business Practices

Tom Wright, Sustainable Bizness Practices. Founder, Responsible-packaging.org; Specializes in issues surrounding the grocery industry: Evaluating brands’ & manufacturers’ claims, Zero Waste certification, waste-diversion & auditing grocery and food operations, finding markets for hard-to-recycle products and materials, high-recycled content products, etc.

He will present, Food Waste in a Circular Economy Concept/Innovation


Jeff Ziegenbein, IERCF

Jeff Ziegenbein is Vice President of the US Composting Council and President of the California Association of Compost Producers. He’s been in the organics industry for 30 years and is the Project Manager of the largest enclosed composting facility in North America. He’s responsible for operations, maintenance, sales and administration.

He will present, Inland Empire’s Composting Facility Adopts to Changing Market Conditions


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