Agenda Available for Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop

Date: 18 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 • Atlanta, Georgia

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street NW

In this full-day workshop for community composters, held as part of COMPOST2018, we will walk through practices that work and address how to take your community-scale composting to the next level. Through both presentation and small group discussion, walk away knowing how to adapt the efforts and achievements of other programs for your community. Open to community-scale composters who are composting on-site at schools, community gardens and farms or otherwise keeping the process as local and small-scale as possible while engaging the community through participation and education. Pedal-powered collectors welcome.

Practitioners: A diverse team of community composters will lead this workshop.

Facilitators/hosts: Brenda Platt and Linda Bilsens Brolis, Institute for Local Self-Reliance


If you are not seeking a scholarship nor a waived registration, please register as a regular attendee on the US Composting Council (USCC) web site, here.  Workshop Cost: USCC Member Price: $275 / Non-Member Price: $350

Community composters, please join us! While our travel scholarship deadline has passed, we can still secure the community composter special registration rate for you. Email Virginia Streeter at


8:00 – 8:30 AM — Coffee

8:30 – 9:10 AM

Overview and Who’s Here?

Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, D.C. – @ILSR, @PlattBrenda


9:10 – 9:30 AM

Part 1: Key Ingredients of Community Composting

Moderator: Nora Goldstein, BioCycle, Emmaus, Pa. – @BioCycleMag



9:30 – 9:50 AM — Continental Breakfast Break


9:50 – 10:30 AM

Part 1: [Cont.]



10:30 – 11:30 AM

Part 2: Small-Scale & Urban Farm Composting

Moderator: David Paull, Compost Wheels. Atlanta – @compostwheels



11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Part 3: Sharing Hacks, Innovations, Tips, and more…

(2 minutes each)


12:00 – 1:15 PM


(at restaurants outside of hotel — on your own)


1:15 – 2:30 PM

Part 4: Social Justice, Youth, & Community Engagement

Moderator: Corinne Coe-Law, Terra Nova Compost, Atlanta – @wemakecompost


Additional Panelists:


2:30 – 3:15 PM

Part 5: Pedal Power!

Moderator: Jennifer Mastalerz, Bennett Compost & Philly Coop, Philadelphia – @BennettCompost



3:15 – 3:30 PM — Break


3:30 – 4:00 PM

Part 6: Breakout Discussions


  1. Best management practices (BMPs) at compost sites
  2. Community engagement/community empowerment
  3. Policy agenda to support community composting
  4. Business/finance planning
  5. Compost innovations (bokashi, black soldier flies, apps, & more)


4:00 – 4:30 PM

Report Back from Breakouts, Closing & Next Steps


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