25th Annual US Composting Council Conference and Tradeshow


                             

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:  For full refund, less $50 administrative fee, a notice of cancellation must be received in writing (email or fax) by Dec 15, 2016. The USCC will issue a 50% refund for cancellations made between December 16 and Dec 31, 2016. No refund will be after December 31, 2016. The USCC is not responsible for problems beyond our control, such as travel and weather-related conditions, site conditions, or personal illness, and no refunds will be given in those situations.

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When
1/23/2017 8:00 AM - 1/26/2017 5:00 PM
Where
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites 404 South Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071
Note: If you select Pre-Conference Workshop ONLY Registration, you must select one or more sessions from the Pre-Conference Workshop section below. 

Program

   

Ala Cart Additional Items

 
Welcome Reception - this is included when you register for the FULL Conference registration
Category
Ala Cart Additional Items
1/23/2017
Breakfast With Champions
Category
Ala Cart Additional Items
Time
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
1/25/2017 7:00 AM

Full Day Tours

 
Compost Marketing and Uses

Join compost marketing guru Ron Alexander on this one-of-a-kind tour of innovative compost uses and excellence in compost marketing. We start with a tour of Kellogg Garden Products bagging facility in Ontario. You will see first-hand how Kellogg's maintains quality control through greenhouse and field testing while distributing 100's of SKUs across America. Then we will head to Southwinds in Irvine. Southwinds is a Landscaping Design and Development company specializing in both urban landscape design and regenerative agriculture in southern Orange county. With a focus on creating beautiful, sustainable and healthy living space, Southwinds has partnered with Filtrexx International and Alegria Fresh Farms to build the first Living Wall Design Center in southern California incorporating compost-based management practices into the over-all landscape design, showing the potential of creating green living space in an urban environment with both climate appropriate ornamentals and organic vegetable production. Eco-system services, cost-savings and aesthetics using compost-based Sustainable Management Practices (SMP's) will be emphasized during the tour. Other tour stops may be added. During the tour Ron will be answering questions and facilitating discussions about compost marketing and sales.
Category
Full Day Tours
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
1/23/2017 8:30 AM

Pre-Conference Workshops

 
Compost Business Management (Full Day)

Instructors: David Hill and Mark King

This full day training will cover the basic principles and techniques necessary to create a successful compost business. This course is designed to provide a 'buildable" foundation for all attendees. Topics covered will include a variety of items necessary to establish and maintain a viable compost business, including: review of basic com- post biology, feedstock management, equipment selection, financing and maintenance, measuring compost quality, health and safety con- cerns, compost marketing (bag and bulk sales) and distribution, and, finally compost business 101 (starting from the ground and working up). By day's end, attendees will have a working knowledge and skill base necessary to succeed in any compost business venture.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1/23/2017 8:00 AM
USCC "Foundations of Compost" Training Course (Full Day)

Instructors: Dr. Robert Rynk & Matt Cotton

This intensive one-day training will cover the basic concepts, practices and "how to's" of compost production. The course will provide a foundation for novice compost operators, managers and regulators and will refresh veteran composters on the underlying scientific principles. Subjects will include: Basic principles of composting, monitoring and managing the process, data collection and interpretation, odor control, organic material collection methods, review of major processing methods, and an overview of markets for compost. Serves as a review in preparation for the Certified Compost Operations Manager test.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
1/23/2017 8:00 AM
Aerated Static Pile Composting - Applications and Advancements (Half Day)

Instructor: Peter Moon

This course is for experienced composters (municipal, farm, non-profit or for-profit) who would like to expand beyond the basics of leaf and yard waste composting into food residuals, manures, biosolids and other challenging materials. Participants will learn the differences among various aerated compost systems, how to determine fan size and piping, and procedures for constructing and monitoring an ASP System. Many examples of aerated compost systems will be dis- cussed, ranging in size from 2.5 to 25,000 cubic yards and processing all varieties of organic by-products from municipal, institutional and agricultural sources. This workshop includes group exercises, useful planning tools, and an open-discussion format to explore student's specific needs.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1/23/2017 8:30 AM
Best Practices in Community Composting(Full Day)

Instructors: Brenda Platt and Nora Goldstein

This full-day workshop is for community composters to network, share best practices, and build support for community-scale composting. From a neighborhood compost plot to operating a compost team for multi-site processing, we will walk through practices that work.

Topics include: creative financing, operator training, engaging community and recruiting participants, food scrap collection, equipment and small-scale systems, site planning, complying with regulations, outreach and communications, cooperative structures, technology platforms, marketing compost, measuring impact, managing the compost process, and overcoming roadblocks. We will address how to take your community-scale composting to the next level. 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.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1/23/2017 8:30 AM
Vermicomposting for Businesses, Farms & Community Gardens (Half Day)

Instructor: Rhonda Sherman

Why is vermicompost selling for 13 times the price of compost? Learn about vermicompost increasing plant growth, improving soils, and suppressing plant diseases and pests. This course covers the fundamental concepts of vermicompost production, including earthworm husbandry, feedstocks, pre-composting, vermicomposting methodologies and systems, safety, regulations, and a variety of harvesting techniques.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1/23/2017 8:30 AM
Management of Odor Issues at Compost Facilities (Half Day)

Instructor: Jeff Gage

This workshop will provide information and discuss odor management for various handling systems and control technologies for composting. Methods of odor assessment will be presented. Odor modeling and its value will be discussed. There have been several studies concerning odor as a potential public health issue. As a result there have been several legal actions against operators. This aspect will also be discussed.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
1/23/2017 1:00 PM
Planning and Implementing Organics Diversion For Businesses and Special Events (Half Day)

Instructor: Leslie Lukacs

This workshop is designed to provide restaurants, hotels/hospitality, casinos, hospitals/healthcare, campus/institutional and grocery stores managers a simple detailed format for organic diversion program development and implementation. It will provide attendees with a comprehensive step-by-step review of how to develop and implement a successful organic diversion/recycling program.
Category
Pre-Conference Workshops
Time
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
1/23/2017 1:00 PM

Tradeshow - Optional

 
Tuesday Trade Show Registration Fee - ONLY select this option if you have already selected one of the registration options above and you also want to attend the Trade Show.
Category
Tradeshow - Optional
1/24/2017

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