Webinar: Crowdfunding for Community Composting

Date: 16 Mar 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 22, 2016 Brenda Platt was joined by Dustin Fedako of Compost Pedallers and Ethany Uttech of ioby to talk about best practices for community composting. Below is the link to the recording, please pass it along to whomever you think would benefit from the conversation.

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Lor Holmes was unable to attend due to technical difficulties, but we’ll be sure to have her on for our next event. If you have any questions, ideas for future webinars, or if you’d like to volunteer to present, let us know that as well.

Crowdfunding and worker-owned cooperatives are just two of the models that have proven to work for community composters around the United States.

Please join Lor Holmes with CERO, and Dustin Fedako with Compost Pedallers for a deeper dive into crowdfunding for community composters.

Business planning and financing were among the hot topics community composters identified. In less than a year, CERO raised over $350,000 via nearly 100 community investors. The Compost Pedallers raised $25,000 on Indiegogo from336 backers. They’ll share tips based on their own lessons learned, and attendees will come away with a realistic idea of what to expect in the preparation, launch, live campaign, and reward fulfillment phases of a crowdfunding campaign.


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Lor Holmes is CERO Cooperative’s General Manager. She leads business development, and like all of the CERO worker-owners, Lor shares a passion for environmental and social justice, sustainable economic development and democratic models for community ownership.

CCC2016_Fedako_Dustin_Compost PedallersDustin Fedako is the co-founder of the Compost Pedallers in Austin, Texas and has worked as CEO of the company since its founding in 2012. Under Dustin’s leadership, the Compost Pedallers have moved over half a million pounds of organics by bike, and established themselves as leaders in the pedal powered revolution and the community composting movement.

Ethany Uttech headshot jpegEthany Uttech with ioby.org will join our webinar discussion as well!

Ioby is a nationwide, nonprofit crowdfunding platform that provides one-on-one coaching to leaders of projects that make communities healthier and more sustainable. They’ll share examples of past successfully funded projects and some top tips for nonprofits or community groups looking to build a local base of support through crowdfunding.

Ethany Uttech focuses on partnership building and outreach to connect with new ioby Leaders across the country. She never tires of meeting people who are dedicated to making positive change in themselves and in the world, and is particularly inspired by projects that increase neighborhood sustainability and livability in tangible ways.

Before joining the ioby team, Ethany led Brooklyn Arts Council’s grant-giving and professional development programs for seven years, and worked in a variety of organizational development, project management, and teaching capacities. She is also a civically engaged resident of Brooklyn and a long-time volunteer activist in the arenas of social and environmental justice.

The event is organized by ILSR and BioCycle.