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USCC's Young Professionals
Young Ps: The Compost Leaders of the Future
The USCC Young Professionals Group began in October 2013 as a group for people age 18 to 40 to connect with each other and industry leaders. Young Professionals are either under 40 or have less than 5 years’ experience in the industry.
The Young Professionals are passionate about sustainability and are committed to expanding the compost industry nationwide. The group sponsors networking and volunteer events and provides opportunities to learn and interact with the leaders of the compost industry.
The Young Professionals like to have fun, like all of us, while they support the compost industry. Just take a look at the video they put together in May 2020 for International Compost Awareness Week!
Upcoming Webinar: Campus Composting Best Practices
This is the third in the series of USCC Young Professionals Webinars. Campus Composting Best Practices on Wednesday September 16th at 2 p.m. Hear from USCC Member NC State about their new compost facility, and from USCC and Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) about the Campus Composting Manual released in 2019! This webinar is sponsored by Resource Recycling Systems and brought to you by the USCC Young Professionals! Free to all USCC members. $25 to non members.
Young Professionals Programs
Get Involved in A Committee--You Could Get 1-Year Membership!
The USCC's Membership Exchange program begins July 1, 2020. in this program, seven volunteers for YP Committees who pledge to put in at least five hours on their committee will receive a one-year Individual membership. Committeees are how we get the work done. Our Standing Committees are: Steering Committee, Emerging Composter Committee, Conference Volunteer Committee, Mentoring Committee, and Webinar Committee. Scroll down to see our leaders and descriptions of all of the committees, and click on the form below and submit by June 30 to apply.Click here for form!
(Kristine Ellsworth, Chair)
As the USCC Young Professionals (YP) begin to support themselves within the greater USCC organization, the main goals of the current steering committee will be to solidify the USCC YP framework.
Tasks for this committee will include but are not limited to:
To volunteer, contact Kristine Ellsworth.Learn More
Emerging Composter Committee
(Patrick Evans, NJ Composting Committee and Consultant, Chair)
This committee organizes the Emerging Composter Venture at the annual USCC Compost Conference each year and are given the opportunity to choose the format of the competition each year. You do not have to be going to the conference to serve on this committee – tasks for this committee include:
This committee is busiest from fall through February 2020.Learn More
Volunteer Project Committee
(Shelby Hoglund, Chair)
The Volunteer Committee works to:
To help, contact Shelby Hoglund.Learn More
(Felipe Pedrazzi, Chair)
This committee organizes webinar series each year on topics such as vermicomposting, STA, weather/geographic impacts on composting, how to get a job in composting, etc.!
To help contact Felipe.Learn More
(Leslie Rodgers, Chair)
Outreach Committee goals include:
To volunteer, contact Leslie Rodgers.Learn More
Gowri Somasundaram, Chair
To help, contact Gowri here.
YP Social Media Coordinator
Every year USCC taps a YP to be social media coordinator for various programs. This year's coordinator is Natasha who also works in the City of Atlanta as the senior recycling program coordinator.Learn More
What Does YP Volunteering Look Like?
It Fits In YOUR Schedule
Most of the volunteering is done by phone call, planning in Zoom or other conferencing. Members of committees take on tasks that involve email, social media and phone outreach, which can be done from your office/home.
We also need help at the conference each year, which can be traded for a conference registration if openings are available!
There is a groundswell of young entrepreneurs tackling the collection and recycling of food scraps. In this two part webinar series from spring 2019 planned and carried out by the USCC Young Professionals Webinar Committee (chair Gowri Sundaram), hear from Susan Thoman (Compost Manufacturers Alliance) and Gary Nihart (Atlas Organics) on part one; and Peter Moon (o2 Compost) and Ron Alexander (Alexander and Associates), for advice and lessons to starting a business and how to find your place in the market for success.Learn More
There are a number of ways you can build your career in the compost industry. We need policy people, compost producers, compost sellers, hauling companies, and people working in companies that do all of the above! Join our Linkedin group; monitor the USCC's Career Center, or watch each spring for the Mentoring Program application process.Learn More