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The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation is a catalyst for advancement of composting technologies, practices, and beneficial uses that support resource conservation and economic and environmental sustainability. The philanthropic arm of the US Composting Council, the Foundation positively impacts communities locally and globally by:

  • Fostering scientific research opportunities
  • Increasing awareness and educating the public
  • Advancing the stature and practices of the composting industry

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CCREF Announces the Winner of Its Annual ICAW Poster Contest

December 2018

Chosen from hundreds of entries sent in from throughout the world, formerly from Michigan and now an LA-based illustrator and designer, Evan Clark is this year’s International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2019 Poster Contest winner. Using his artistic talents, Evan cleverly used a series of illustrations to highlight the many benefits of compost. As Evan explained when asked why he entered the contest, “I feel very strongly about the role art and design has in promoting awareness of climate change and sustainability practices. I believe composting is a great way to feel more connected to the food and products we consume and the mechanisms by which they come and go. For my poster design, I wanted to create a small world of imagery that was bold and bright in evoking the positive ideas we associate with composting and a healthy environment. A lot of the discussion around climate change presently is very dire, but I think it is still important to reinforce our commitment to addressing it with positive imagery. Most important of all, though, was the central message: Cool the Climate - Compost! I hope my poster can help those wanting to participate in combating climate change realize the helpful role composting can play.”

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. The program includes a poster contest, programs at schools and activities and events promoted through governments, public municipalities and local businesses nationwide. Each year a theme is chosen. The theme for ICAW 2019 is Cool the Climate - Compost! The dates for 2019 are May 5 – 11.

Sampling Video and Reference Guide Project is Almost Complete

Last month, the CCREF was on location at the Prince George County Organics Compost Facility in Maryland filming for the upcoming Compost Sampling Video Production Project. The aim of the Compost Sampling Video Production Project is to address the need for proper training in the taking and preparation of compost samples for laboratory analysis. The CCREF contracted with Northern Tilth to develop a script based on the Test Methods for the Examination of Composting and Compost. 02.01 Field Sampling of Compost Materials. In addition to the sampling videos, a reference guide is being created as an additional educational tool. Read more...

CCREF Awards Scholarships to Two College Students

With the goal of increasing research focused on sustainable organics recycling, the Foundation recently gave scholarships to two students, encouraging their individual research projects. Below is detail on each student and their project. The Foundation would like to thank the sponsors of the Young Investigator Scholarship program: BioBag, Filtrexx, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Living Earth. Read more...

North Carolina Scholarship Funded by the North Carolina Composting Council

The North Carolina Composting Council (NCCC) for the second year in a row is generously funding a CCREF/NCCC Young Investigator Scholarship. This scholarship is for college students studying at a college or university in North Carolina. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 31, 2018. The goal of this scholarship is to bring assistance and attention to emerging young professionals in the field of compost research and to spark interest in the future of the composting industry. Read more...

International Compost Awareness Week Kicks Off in Bethesda, MD

Bethesda Green, an incubator and community partner working towards building a sustainable economy, along with the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) and the Montgomery County Food Council (MCFC), hosted an event to kick off International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) on April 30, 2018. Read more...

CCREF is Making a Video

The CCREF is pleased to announce it is seeking to hire a video production company to produce training videos on the proper acquisition and preparation of finished compost samples to send to a lab for analysis. The video production company must have experience with on-site filming and educational film development. Familiarity with compost is a plus, though not required. Completion date for the project is anticipated to be fall 2018. For full details, see the RFP.

If interested, direct any questions or submit proposals and examples of work to Wayne Howard: waynehoward@compostfoundation.org, 919.271.6749.

Two CCREF Awards Given at the Compost 2018 Conference

Each year, the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation highlights one or two companies that has shown long-term, continued support of the work of the Foundation. Read more...

CCREF Preparing to Launch New Program on Open Source Field Testing for Certified Compostable Packaging

Read details in the recently published article in BioCycle magazine, co-authored by CCREF Education Director, Cary Oshins. Read more...

Nominations Open for 4 CCREF Trustees

The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation is accepting nominations for new members of its Board of Trustees until December 8, 2017. If you are interested in making an impact to your industry and to the composting community nationwide, submit your application or pass along the information to someone you think would make an excellent addition to the current trustees.

For more information, please review Roles & Responsibilities or contact us at info@compostfoundation.org. Submit your application by Dec. 8th.

CCREF Picks New Scholarship Winner for the Young Investigator Scholarship Program

October 2017

Meet Russell Galanti, This Year’s Young Investigator Scholarship Winner. Russell is from Maryland originally and got his undergraduate degree in Horticulture Science from Temple University in Pennsylvania. He is now completing his Master's in Tropical Plant and Soil Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He plans to continue his research in improving agro-ecosystem cultural management under the context of sustainable agriculture.

Russell’s project is focusing on looking at the effect of five locally sourced soil amendments on plant health and production and soil properties in macadamia orchards. The treatments are wood chip mulch, macadamia husk mulch, husk mulch with biochar, husk mulch with lactic acid bacteria inoculation, and soil profiling. He is looking at tree yield, root growth, and tissue nitrogen, as well as soil organic matter, soil nitrogen, pH and electrical conductivity. This project focuses on protecting Hawaii's limited natural resources, reducing the need for external resources. A cost benefit analysis will also be performed to determine the economic suitability of such treatments

Scholarship Given to North Carolina Student Thanks to a Donation from the NCCC

September 2017

Meet the winner of the North Carolina Composting Council/CCREF Young Investigator scholarship, Seth Heffern. Seth, an Army veteran, is now pursuing his undergraduate degree at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. His project is based on introducing commercial composting to this region of NC in a unique manner. Seth works with GrowingChange, a non-profit start-up. Click for more...

CCREF Issues a Request for Proposals

September 2017

The CCREF is pleased to announce it is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct a literature search for published papers on the content of salts (electrical conductivity) in finished compost. The results of the search will be written up in a “White” paper and a brochure will be developed summarizing the findings will be developed. Completion date for the project will negotiated at the award of the project, but is expected to be 2-4 month after the award of the project. For more information see the RFP.

If you have questions or would like to submit a proposal you should e-mail Al Ratti at: al.rattie@compostingcouncil.org

CCREF Welcomes a New Project Manager to its Staff

July 2017

On June 5th, Wayne Howard joined the staff of CCREF, the first new staff member in over a year. Howard will be the Foundation’s new Project Manager. Howard will be working with the Foundation predominately on its Compost Operation Training Courses (COTC), researching the development of an online library, and creating webinars and videos for training and educational purposes. He brings to CCREF a wealth of knowledge and experience in agricultural waste treatment, water resources, as well as in film and developing online learning opportunities, which will be an exciting addition to the educational and resource materials offered by CCREF.

North Carolina Compost Council to Fund Scholarship

July 2017

The North Carolina Compost Council (NCCC) is generously funding a CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship for students studying at a college or university in North Carolina. The scholarship is to encourage emerging young professionals in the field of compost research to spark interest in the future of the composting industry. The ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change.
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CCREF is Now Accepting Applications for its Young Investigator's Scholarship

May 2017

The CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship focuses on supporting undergraduate through PhD students, from a college or university in the United States, conducting research and education in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change. Deadline is June 30, 2017

The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation Announces the Release of the Just Published The Compost & Climate Connection: A Land Manager’s Guide to Organics

February 2017

Exploring the topic of how to manage food scraps, yard trimmings and other organic materials and the impact that can have on climate change, the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) released The Compost & Climate Connection. This new publication, a companion to The Soil & Water Connection, provides a clear explanation of how ‘wastes’ can be looked at as resources in the fight against climate change. (read more…..)

 

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