Environment Council of Rhode Island

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

2019 RI Compost Conference & Trade Show

Thursday, March 14, 2019  8:30am – 3:00pm
Donovan Dining Center, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908

A joint presentation by the Environment Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College Office of Sustainability.

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Main Street ResourcesCenter for EcoTechnology


Morning Plenary  9:00am

The morning plenary will celebrate 10 years of Compost Conferences with 5 people who have been involved in the RI Compost Scene for most of the last 10 years discussing the changes they have seen.

  1. James Murphy – Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities and Operations, Rhode Island College
  2. Terry Gray – Assistant Director for Air, Waste & Compliance, RI Dept of Environmental Management
  3. Jayne Merner Senecal – Owner & Farmer, Earth Care Farm
  4. Tim Faulkner –  Executive Editor, ecoRI News
  5. Michael Bradlee - Manager, The Compost Depot at Frey Gardens

Workshop Session I  10:00am

• Rhode Island's Local Curbside Composting Program – Conor MacManus & Miguel Costa, Rhodeside Revival

• Alternative Uses of Compost in Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure – Jack Eaton, Filtrexx Northeast Systems

• Existing and Emerging Infrastructure for Food Waste: A Regional Perspective – Coryanne Mansell, Center for EcoTechnology

• How A Community Composts: One Example from the Front Lines of Local Composting – Michael Bradlee, The Compost Depot at Frey Gardens

Workshop Session II  11:00am

• The Role of the Composter: Waste Managers or Land Stewards? – Jayne Merner Senecal, Earth Care Farm

• Progress in Collecting Compostables in Dense RI Neighborhoods
- Leo Pollock, The Compost Plant
- Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access
- Katie Murphy, GroundworkRI
- Nellie de Goguel, City of Providence

• Rethinking Sanitation: Composting Toilet Basics – Conor Lally, Nutrient Networks

• Prince George’s County, Maryland Compost Project – Greg McCarron, William Conrad  SCS Engineers
   Review the presentation (pdf file, 3.7 MB)

Lunch and 2019 Compost Trade Show   Noon

Afternoon Plenary   1:30 - 3:00pm

Composting at Rhode Island Schools

Diane Calvin of foodSCAPE will moderate a panel of people involved in composting at various schools.

Exhibitors already committed to attend include:

Bootstrap Compost
Center for EcoTechnology
Filtrexx Northeast/EJ Prescott
Groundwork RI
Listening Tree Coop
Nutrient Networks
Rhodeside Revival
RI Department of Environmental Management
RI Resource Recovery Corporation