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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

USCC 20th Annual Conference - STELLAR!

The U.S. Composting Council celebrated their 20th anniversary with a stellar conference in Austin, TX January 17 -20, 2012.  With a change in command last fall, the conference was an excellent opportunity for the USCC to embark on a new era.  Incoming USCC executive director Mike Virga, along with his staff, orchestrated a fantastic four-day event, including pre and post- conference activities.  See the September ZWZ Blog post, USCC Prepares for New Era, for the announcement of Mike Virga joining the USCC.

End Product @ Hornsby
Bend Biosolid Plant
Pre-conference activities included a wide range of well-attended training, workshops and tours.  The ZWZ Blog post, The Nitty Gritty on Composting Operations, gives an overview of the three Austin-based compost facilities tour and the Ei FB album, 01-17-12 USCC Compost Facilities Tour, provides a pictorial recap of the impressive operations.

Robin Sweere @ Quest booth
In addition to strong educational sessions, the conference was a great way to learn about new technology, products and services available from industry vendors in the exhibit hall.    Sessions were scheduled with ample time to walk the trade show floor and mingle with long-time and new friends.

Doug Kunnemann
of NatureWorks @ POWER
Elemental Impact hosted a POWER - Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling - session to an enthusiastic crowd.  The ZWZ Blog post, POWER Meeting @ USCC Conference, gives an overview of the program and the Ei FB album, 01-18-12 POWER @ USCC Conferenceprovides a pictorial recap.

The composting industry is a tight knit group and the conference was a time for colleagues from around the country (and world!) to catch-up.  Productive dinners filled with laughter were abundant during the conference.  

A fun, productive dinner
On Tuesday evening the conference provided an exhibitors reception with entertainment by Vocal Trash. The Biodegradable Products Institute hosted a popular zero waste reception on the final evening.

For a pictorial recap of the conference, visit the Ei FB album, 2012 USCC Conference - Austin, TX.  From the pictures, it is evident composting industry professionals understand fun and laughter are effective vehicles for accomplishing our important work.  

It was great to see everyone and Ei looks forward to the 2013 USCC conference in Orlando.

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