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Resources from Cultivating Community Composting Workshop and Forum

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/resources-2017-ccc/

On January 23rd and January 24th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle hosted the Cultivating Community Composting Workshop and Forum. [See notes from the workshop and forum]

These events brought together community composters in order to network, share best practices, and build support for community-scale composting systems and enterprises. The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2017 was the fourth national forum sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle.

Below, you’ll find the presentations that the speakers brought with them to the events.

Thank you again to our sponsors!


Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop Agenda

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 • Los Angeles, California

8:30AM TO 4:30PM

Agenda available here for download

8:30-9:00AM:

Welcome & Who’s Here

 

9:00-10:00AM:

Part 1: Key Ingredients of Community Composting

    • Guy Schaffer, BK ROT, New York City

10:00-11:00AM:

Part 2: Small-Scale Composting Systems/Processing BMPs

Moderator: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Presenters:

 

11:00-11:15AM:

Break

 

11:15-12:15PM:

Part 3: Hauling, Bike, & Other Logistics

Moderator: Dan Matsch, Eco-Cycle, Boulder

Presenters:

  • Composting Logistics: Material, information, and Money, Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders, Cleveland

  • Hauling Logistics & Service Design, Justin Senkbell, CompostNow, Raleigh

  • The Unique Challenges and Opportunities of Bike Hauling, Kathryn Nigro, Tilthy Rich, Raleigh

 

12:15-1:45PM:

Lunch & Informal Breakouts

At restaurants outside of the hotel – on your own.

Breakout Topics:

  • Topic 1: BMPs at compost sites
  • Topic 2: Bike powered operators
  • Topic 3: Outreach & marketing
  • Topic 4: Business & financing

 

1:45-2:45PM:

Part 4: The Business of Community Composting

Moderator: Kyle Isaacksen, Reno Rot Riders, Reno

Presenters:

 

2:45-3:30PM:

Part 5: Community Engagement & Building Community Power via Community Composting

Moderator: Linda Bilsens, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders, Washington D.C.

Panelists:

 

3:30-4:15PM:

Part 6: Breakout Discussions

Topics TBD: BMPs, hauling logistics, business plans/financial viability, outreach & marketing, policy agenda, volunteer management, community engagement/community empowerment, school composting, etc.)

 

4:15-4:30PM:

Report Back from Breakouts, Closing, & Next Steps

Agenda available here for download


4th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Agenda

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 • Los Angeles, California

Agenda available here for download

Moderators:

Nora Goldstein, BioCycle, @BioCycleMag

Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, @ILSR

 

8:15-9:45AM:

Part 1: Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Community Composting: Distributed, Diverse, and Growing

Welcome from Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle
Overview & Introduction to Community Composting (interactive polling)

Forum Keynote: Empowering Neighborhoods Through Compost, Michael Martinez, LA Compost

Panel: Community Composters Drive Local Programs

This panel will showcase how community composters bring public attention to composting and the potential partnerships. Commercial scale composters and haulers – along with local government – will learn the benefit of these programs and how to support/partner with community-based efforts.

Presenters:

  • Sustaining Business through Collaboration, Philadelphia. Jennifer Mastalerz, Philly Compost and Tim Bennett, Bennet Compost, Philadelphia.

  • Connecting Composting to Creating Jobs in Marginalized Communities, Atlanta. David Paull, Compost Wheels, Atlanta.

  • Bike-Powered Collection Spurs Community Participation, Austin. Dustin Fedako, Compost Pedallers, Austin.

 

2:30-4:00PM

Part 2: Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Panel Discussion: Supporting a Distributed Composting Infrastructure – Dollars and Rules

This panel will address the importance of local and state financing and policies to the development of a diverse and distributed composting infrastructure that includes community scale operations. How can state agencies such as CalRecycle’s create funding incentives to support community composters? How can local government revisit districting rules to allow for community composters to compete? What local governments are already financing and supporting community scale composting?

Moderator: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington D.C.

Panelists:

  • Chris Hunt, ReFED (formerly of Grace Communications Foundation), Healdsburg [California]

Closing Remarks

Agenda available here for download


WHAT IS COMMUNITY COMPOSTING? 

Community composting is the radical idea that compost is used within the same community where the material is generated and that the community participates in some way. Community composters keep the feedstocks, process and product as local as possible while engaging the community through participation and education. Projects range from urban to rural and include small enterprises, demonstration/training sites, schools, universities, pedal-powered collection systems, worker-owned cooperatives, community gardens and farms.

For more information on community composting, download our report:
Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting