Young Professionals Program
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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.

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Steering Committee

(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:

  • Drafting the vision and mission of the USCC Young Professionals
  • Formalizing the benefits of joining as a Young Professional
  • Attending bi-monthly steering committee calls
  • Hosting quarterly calls with all YPs and committees for report outs
  • Working with the engagement committee to increase membership
  • Overseeing the progress of the contest, volunteer, webinar and engagement committees
  • Assisting the contest, volunteer, webinar and engagement committee, as needed

To volunteer, contact Kristine Ellsworth.

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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:    

  • Determine format, rules, application, and scoring rubric of competition
  • Sponsor outreach
  • Perform communication and preparation required for set-up, voting and scoring, and awarding prizes to winners.

This committee is busiest from fall through February 2020. 

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Volunteer Project Committee

(Shelby Hoglund, Chair)

The Volunteer Committee works to:

  • Seek out a project related to compost around the annual USCC Conference location each year.
  • Promote participation to those interested and attending the conference each year- including YPs, their mentors, and any others interested
  • Organize day-of transportation
  • If able, participate in the volunteer project

To help, contact Shelby Hoglund.

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Webinar Committee

(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.!

  • Planning webinars and recruiting speakers
  • Marketing webinars to interested stakeholders
  • Organizing and facilitating each webinar

To help contact Felipe.

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Outreach Committee

(Leslie Rodgers, Chair)

Outreach Committee goals include:

  • Keeping YPs in the know with industry-related events and happenings
  • Creating and managing monthly opportunities to connect as a group
  • Increasing YP member engagement and sense of community
  • Social media communications

To volunteer, contact Leslie Rodgers.

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Mentoring Committee

Gowri Somasundaram, Chair 

Tasks include:

  • Marketing program in Spring of each year for applicants
  • Reviewing mentee and mentor applications in April/May and assigning matches. Announcing pairs in early June.
  • Mentee/Mentor check-in twice during program
  • Social media communications

To help, contact Gowri here.


YP Social Media Coordinator

Natasha Dyer

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.

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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!


2019 Webinar

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.

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Career Development

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.

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Stay in touch!

Do you want to be sure you get the latest news for Young Professionals? Here's the spring 2020 newsletter; sign up for our list here and these will land in your inbox!

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Fill out the form below to get involved in our committees!