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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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CCREF News

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…..)

 

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…..)

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