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YP Events over the years
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.
Young Professionals Programs
Get Involved In Our Committees!
This is 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.
(Kristine Ellsworth, NY DEC, Chair)
As the USCC Young Professionals (YP) begin to support themselves within the greater USCC organization, the main goals of the 2019/2020 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
(Isaac Bearg, NJ Composting Committee and Consultant, Chair)
This committee has put on the EC Venture Competition the last two years and will give you the opportunity to choose the format of a challenge/competition to take place at COMPOST2020 in Charleston, SC. You do not have to be going to the conference to be of service to this committee. Take a look at some of the tasks we could use your help and expertise with:
This committee is busiest from fall through February 2020.Learn More
Volunteer Project Committee
(Shelby Hoglund, Grad Student, University of Arizona, Chair)
The Volunteer Committee works to:
To help, contact Shelby Hoglund.Learn More
(Felipe Pedrazzi, Chair)
This committee will be organizing a series of quarterly webinars in 2020 on topics such as vermicomposting, STA, weather/geographic impacts on composting, how to get a job in composting, etc.!
If you’re good at recruiting speakers, marketing webinars, writing descriptions or helping put on a webinar, contact Felipe.Learn More
(Leslie Rodgers, Chair)
Outreach Committee goals include:
To volunteer, contact Leslie Rodgers.Learn More
2019 Chair: Heather Wasilewski
(closed for 2019)
This committee reviews the mentoring applications in May/June 2020 and matches mentors/mentees, and helps with the mentor/mentee check-in in the fall. A chair is needed for this committee.
Gowri Sundaram will be the 2020 Chair; if you would like to serve beginning in April, please email her 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