I just returned from a great conference put on by BioCycle and the Institute for Local Self Reliance at the US Composting Council’s annual conference. Through scholarships from ILSR nearly 70 community composters were able to attend from around the country. The group included educators, scientists, activists, worker-owners from coops, bicycle haulers and more. Here’s a sampling:
It was a dynamic, passionate and experienced group of dedicated individuals from whom I was able to learn a lot! The facilitation and organization was outstanding and I am bursting with ideas for how to grow the RRR and leverage our work to help Reno embrace city-wide composting.
Be sure to check out ilsr.org – they’re a great group doing really wonderful work including their “Waste to Wealth” program under which conference this was a part. We look forward to partnering with them to bring their Composter Training Program to Reno in the coming months.
I learned about the US Composting Council’s annual conference just a month ago after speaking with the city of Burbank, CA’s recycling manager. I applied for a scholarship to attend and lo and behold, I got one! Jacksonville, here I come.
The area I’ll be focusing on is Community Composting which is exactly what the RRR are doing! I look forward to networking and picking the brains of much more established community composters on how to grow successfully. More info below:
Community Composter Forum and Workshop
This year COMPOST2016 will feature a Cultivating Community Composting Forum, as well as a half-day Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop. The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2016 is the third national forum sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle.
The goals of the Forum are to:
- Foster greater interconnection between community/small-scale/urban composters and the USCC membership/conference attendees
- Show how community-scale composting fits in and complements the larger composting industry
- Showcase the variety of models and innovative ideas that are growing from the ground up
The Workshop and Forum will bring together composters to network, share best practices, and build support for community-scale composting systems and enterprises.