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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:, 919.271.6749.


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