Our vision is to advance composting technologies, practices, and beneficial uses that support resource conservation and economic and environmental sustainability.

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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The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) is pleased to announce the opening for full-time Project Manager.

This is an exciting opportunity to help the composting industry grow through the work of this national non-profit. Initial responsibilities of position will be maintaining and expanding our Composter Training Program, including the production of training videos and webinars, growing our on-line library, and generally assisting our programs.

The successful candidate needs to be highly organized, self-motivated, capable of working independently, flexible and enthusiastic. Excellent communication skills are a must. He or she will be joining a small staff including Executive Director Frank Franciosi, Development Officer Beth Simone, and Education Director Cary Oshins, all of which are part-time. Preference will be given to someone in the vicinity of Raleigh, NC, where Frank Franciosi is based.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
Frank Franciosi
Applications will be accepted until midnight, March 31st.

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…..)


The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation announces  winner of the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Poster Contest

January 2017

Out of over 200 entrees from all over the world and all ages, Ursula Gutowski's design was chosen. Ursula is a graphic designer from Niles, IL. Using this year's theme of Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Ursula's design will be turned into a poster and sent across the country to help promote ICAW held May 7 - 13 this year. (read more…..)

Meet Clara Tang, the Winner of this Year’s Young Investigator Scholarship

November 2016

There were many worthwhile applicants, but Clara, a master’s student at North Carolina State, was chosen based on her proposed project - looking at exploring alternative ways to manage soils more sustainably and seeking to understand the impacts of the use of compost on soil health. Her project will evaluate the interactive effect of mycorrhiza and compost on soil and plant health by looking at the change in physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil and how that relates to plant growth. (read more…..)

Theme for 2017 International Compost Awareness Week Announced

August 2016

Each year, the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) committee chooses a theme to help encourage composting nationwide and in many international countries. In the U.S., ICAW is held the first week of May, set for May 7-13, 2017. (read more…..)

Deadline for Scholarships Now August 31, 2016

July 2016

To increase the opportunity for more high school and college students the chance to be awarded 2016 -2017 scholarships, CCREF has announced that it is extending the deadlines for both the Sustainable Student application as well as for the application for the Young Investigator Scholarship. The deadline for both applications is now August 31, 2016.

For the Sustainable Student Scholarship program, scholarships will be awarded by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation to high school students who have expressed interest in the composting industry and expect to pursue their interests at the college level within the fields of environmental science, environmental studies, engineering, and biological or the physical.

The Young Investigator Scholarship is focused on supporting undergraduate through PhD students, from a college or university in the United States, conducting research 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, nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution.

CCREF is now participating in Amazon Smile

May 2016

CCREF has a new way for people to support the Foundation. We are now participating in Amazon Smile. Every time someone buys something from Amazon, using, CCREF can now receive 0.5% of the price of a purchase, if CCREF has been chosen as the nonprofit organization to receive the funds.

If you are interested in supporting CCREF through Amazon Smile, simply go to The first time you go to, you’ll be asked to pick your charity to support. Just type in Composting Council Research and Education Foundation. Then, all you need to do is remember to do your Amazon shopping at and CCREF will benefit from every purchase.

Change is coming to the CCREF

January 2016

At the US Composting Council's (USCC) Board of Director meeting in January the decision was made to transfer the Compost Training Program (CTP), International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) and the Test Methods for Evaluating Compost and Composting (TMECC) to the CCREF. (read more…..)

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)

January 2016

Since its inception, the ICAW has been administrated in the United States by USCC. The Programs goal has been to educate the public about the value of compost and the need to use compost to improve soils and water quality. Since one of the goals of the CCREF is to provide education that forwards the use of compost, the program was moved to the CCREF at the beginning of 2016 and planning for the 2017 ICAW program are will be available on this web site later this year.

Second Grant Award to Composting Council Research and Education Foundation to Fund Development of a Professional Composter Certification Program

December 2015

The 11th Hour Project has awarded a second grant to the CCREF to continue its work in developing a Professional Compost Certification Program. Read more to learn about the plans and schedule for this exciting project. (read more…..)

Composting Council Research and Education Foundation Hires a Development Officer

December 2015

The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) is pleased to announce the addition of Beth Simone as the new Development Officer. She comes with a wealth of experience in developing and carrying out fund raising activities for 501 (c)3 organizations.

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