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Composting Call – Opportunity Knocks!

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 9.40.41 PMSometimes, opportunity comes knocking – or appears in your inbox. The key is to recognize it, open the door, and get to work!

This arrived in my inbox and I am elated – the knock is loud and clear. Let me explain…

Recently, I’m focusing on my true love in the world of waste and recycling – composting! Specifically I’m thinking about the compost infrastructure in South Florida, wondering what it looks like, what’s working, what’s not, and what it could be.

Why?  Simple, I’m moving back to Miami, and composting (the recycling of organic materials like food waste and plant matter into nutrient rich humus that feeds the soil) is the foundation of a healthy society.

The basics: Happy soil = Happy food = Healthy people.

In my internal musings, I decided to actively pursue projects related to composting in South Florida. My first step toward this end is to become an expert in existing resources and systems.

My project is to map the current South Florida composting infrastructure at a macro-level. This includes a semi-formal document and simple, captivating visuals.

Seeing the email from the U.S. Composting Council, inviting submissions for next year’s conference, I immediately recognized an opportunity to share my project, and it came with the added perk of an external deadline (in contrast to a self-imposed, and impossible to enforce, personal deadline) – perfect!

I am a firm believer in the power of community, consumer demand, and education through positive experiences. Ultimately, I plan to leverage this power to grow the composting industry, benefiting zero waste efforts, soil health, community health, and local economic prosperity and resilience. But it all starts with an understanding of what currently exists.

I invite anyone interested in collaborating on this project to contact me!