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Composting Conference: Cultivation Value From Foodscraps

http://www.regonline.com/VORS2015

 

2015 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit, April 2nd

Cultivating Value From Foodscraps

Troy, VT, – The Composting Association of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation will host the ninth annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vermont on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The theme for this year’s Summit is:  Cultivating Value From Foodscraps

With the passage of Vermont’s Universal Recycling law in 2012, Vermonters are taking a close look at how to turn foodscraps into economic value that supports local agriculture and soil health. The value in foodscraps is good for the environment and supports made-in-America business that cannot be outsourced: From livestock feed and compost, to producing soil amendments, and compost-based products for erosion control and stormwater management. This breadth of environmental, economic and climate change adaptation benefits from diverting foodscraps from landfilling will be central to the message from this year’s keynote, Britt Faucette, Ph.D. 

Dr. Faucette is an Ecosystem Scientist, author, consultant and frequent conference presenter. He currently directs research, technical services, and regulatory approval programs for Filtrexx International and provides similar services for the organics recycling and storm water management sectors.

VORS 2015 features eight workshops including one specific for large foodscrap generators who are required to comply with Vermont’s phased-in organics diversion landfill ban July 1, 2015.

Other workshop topics are:

  • Compost Use in a Changing World: Stormwater, Water Quality, and Climate Change
  • Hot Stuff: Capturing Thermal Energy from Composting
  • Pros and Cons of Community and On-Farm Composting Methods  
  • Collection and Hauling Models for Efficiency and Profitability
  • Compostable Products: From Food Service to Compost Pile
  • Technology to Manage Food Scraps On Site
  •  Universal Recycling Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities: A Policy and Practice Discussion

Participants can also meet with vendors, and network with organics diversion experts and regulators. 

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Registration fee ($60.) includes continental breakfast, lunch and an ice-cream social and raffle. 

Sponsor and Vendor information is available on request. For more information about the Summit or to register, please visit the event website at: http://www.regonline.com/VORS2015

Or contact Nicole Duch, vorsummit@gmail.com, 802-456-1094. 

 

The Composting Association of Vermont (CAV) is a nonprofit organization. CAV supports and promotes organics recycling that protects and benefits the environment.  The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation (ANR/DEC) is dedicated to protecting and improving the health of Vermont’s people and ecosystems and promoting the sustainable use of Vermont’s natural resources.