Environment Council of Rhode Island

...building an ecologically healthy future in a sustainable economy

2017 RI Compost Conference & Trade Show

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Thursday March 9, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Student Union – Rhode Island College, Providence RI 02908

 • It will be jointly presented by the Environment Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College Office of Sustainability.

 • In order to run a full day conference with a full slate of speakers from our developing RI industry and from around the country we need your help. We are looking to people and businesses in the industry to be sponsors of the conference and to set up exhibits.

 • Review sponsorship opportunities here.


This year’s conference will include 2 plenary speakers and 8 workshops covering topics that reflect the development of the compost industry in Rhode Island.

Morning Plenary   9:00 am

Design and Operation of a Decentralized Regional Composting System
 - William Conrad and Greg McCarron, SCS Engineers

Workshop Session I   10:00 am

1. Composting & Food Waste as Part of the RI Food Strategy
Sue Anderbois, Director of Food Strategy, State of Rhode Island

2. Community Composting: Three Years of Research and Discovery
Michael Bradlee, Earth Appliance, Providence, RI

3. Do’s and Don'ts of Worm Tea
Rhode Island Worm Farmers Cooperative

4. School Composting Programs
A Panel Discussion, Led by Antonia Bryson, RI Food Policy Council

Workshop Session II   11:00 am

1. A Discussion on Getting to Curbside Collection of Compostables in Rhode Island
Jennifer Weiting

2. How Whole Foods Markets Manages Food Scrap
Karen Franczyk, Green Mission Coordinator for the North Atlantic Region, Whole Foods Market

3. Composting Humanure
Conor Lally,
Nutrient Networks and Ben Goldberg

4. Celebrating 40 Years of Making Compost: The Journey of Earth Care Farm
Jayne Merner Senecal, Earth Care Farm, Charlestown, RI

Lunch & Trade Show   NOON – 1:30 pm

Afternoon Plenary   1:30 pm

Growing Compost Infrastructure
 - Lorenzo Macaluso, Director of Client Relations, Center for EcoTechnology


We are still accepting exhibitors; Interested parties, please contact Greg Gerritt.

Current exhibitors include:
The Center for Eco-Technology, SCS Engineers, The Rhode Island Worm Farmers Cooperative, Earth Appliance, The Compost Plant, The Worm Ladies of Charlestown, RI Resource Recovery Corporation

Admission, which includes lunch, will be $35.00/person in advance, $40.00/person at the door.

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