Campus Sustainability Webinar Series

In collaboration with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), SGA has created a two-part webinar series on campus sustainability geared towards Illinois colleges and universities. The first of which on April 26 was titled “Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus.” It focused on state-funded colleges and universities as it discussed Illinois mandates for recycling and diversion in higher education institutions. The next webinar will be on campus composting and will be May 22.

Webinar #1: Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus (April 26)

Understanding a campus’ waste stream can have positive economic and environmental benefits, as well as provide opportunities to improve current programs. In 2017, an Illinois Act mandating state-funded colleges to conduct a campus waste audit every five years shifted responsibilities to the Illinois EPA. Although requirements are not currently set in stone, the next update would be due by the end of calendar year 2020. Even if your school is not required to conduct a campus waste audit, it can still be a useful tool and positive experience. Join this webinar to learn about other IGEN college’s experiences and tips on completing a waste audit and how to use it as a tool to improve campus-wide.

 

Jen Nelson and Alli Preble from Seven Generations Ahead provided an overview of the variety of ways in which you can conduct an audit and then use the information to reduce waste on campus. They also reviewed the state mandate and requirements for Illinois community colleges and public universities.

Adrian Fisher shared Triton College’s experience conducting waste audits, implementing recycling and composting on campus, and holding zero waste events. She discussed how waste assessments, in their most basic form, are a continual process on campus that require ongoing education.

David Husemoller from the College of Lake County shared how they expanded routine waste audits into a social and sustainability research project that engaged students both in audits and determining best practices for diverting waste.

You can find the presentation with audio here. If you would like to view just a PDF, click here. There is also a link to the recording is on the first slide page of the PDF. You can also access the presentation by clicking the image above.

Webinar #2: Reducing Wasted Food through Campus Composting and Food Recovery (May 22)

The next webinar will be on May 22, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, and will cover a variety of composting initiatives on IGEN college campuses. This will include food recovery and donation, front and back of house composting, commercial and on-site composting, and information related to bins and signage. Click HERE TO REGISTER for the second webinar now!

February 14th: Getting to the Heart of Better Composting Through Soil

WHO:  Golf Courses, Park Districts, Athletic Fields, Landscaping, Universities/Colleges, Home Owners Associations and more

WHAT:  Composting forum on the benefits of compost for soil quality

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 14, 20189 -11:30 am (continental breakfast served at 8:30am)

WHERE:  Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

WHY:  Learn about using compost to improve soil quality for turf and landscape management

 

It is free to REGISTER and includes a continental breakfast. You will learn about the benefits of compost for improving soil quality for turf and landscape management, how it impacts the bottom line, and how to identify the right compost for your needs. Check out the full AGENDA!

 

 

 

The IFSC Joins the US Composting Council

 

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Press Release          12/18/2017                                          

Illinois Compost Group Aligns With USCC as Official Committee

Illinois composters, in association with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC), have affiliated with the US Composting Council as an organizational committee to promote the compost manufacturing industry under the umbrella of the US Composting Council, the two groups announced today.

The Illinois Composting Committee is now an official USCC Committee, sponsored by its parent organization, the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

"We are excited to join the USCC and believe this alliance will assist Illinois continue to expand our organics diversion programs by utilizing USCC's expertise in policy, education, infrastructure and markets," said Walter Willis, Chair of the IFSC.

Its sponsoring organization, the IFSC, was formed in 2012 originally as a group of solid waste agencies, counties, and community and government organizations dedicated to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois through program implementation, policy, and advocacy.  The group now has about 140 active members representing a cross-section of public, non-profit and for-profit entities. The IFSC and USCC will jointly take positions on regulations and legislation that affect the industry and the market for compost in the state.

"The USCC - and the compost industry - is working hard to build the infrastructure so that the entire country has access to organics collection. The energetic efforts by the IFSC make this a natural fit as the USCC works with Illinois compost advocates to move forward both collection and compost use in Illinois," said Frank Franciosi, executive director of the USCC. "Chapters like the Illinois Composting Committee are important because their leadership is directly in touch with the issues in their state and the members we work to serve, and we hope they will benefit from the national resources we make available."

Illinois becomes the seventh regional chapter of the USCC. The industry is expanding due to increased efforts to remove food scraps from disposal along with traditional yard trimmings. The demand side of the industry is expanding with the growing recognition of the beneficial uses of compost.

California, Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina are all USCC Charter chapters, and Composting Council committees are in Michigan and the Maryland-DC region.

For information about the Illinois chapter, contact John Lardner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to start a chapter, contact Linda Norris-Waldt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frank Franciosi, USCC Executive Director  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Lardner, Illinois Composting Committee  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

About USCC

The US Composting Council, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost manufacturing industry, was established in 1990 to encourage, support and perform compost related research. USCC promotes best management practices, establishes standards, educates professionals and the public about the benefits of compost manufacturing and compost utilization, and enhances compost product quality, and trains compost manufacturers and compost markets. USCC members include compost manufacturers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.

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