May 3 – 9, 2020
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.
The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost. The program includes a poster contest in the fall and activities and events held during the week.
Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held to encourage and celebrate composting. All types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted. Events include tours of compost facilities, school gardening programs, compost workshops, lectures by a well-known gardening expert, compost give-away days, state and city proclamations, visiting with legislators, to name just a few.
Each year, a theme is chosen. The theme for 2020 in the United States is Soil Loves Compost. The theme is used for the Poster Contest, which encourages artists throughout the world to create a design sharing the importance of composting and compost use.
This year’s theme is based on the idea that Soil Loves Compost because compost feeds soil! Soil is alive and needs nourishment to be healthy. With healthy soil you grow healthy plants. Soil Loves Compost because it provides food and nutrients for living microbes that make up healthy soil. Without compost we would have few ways to enrich and restore soil. Compost keeps soil strong and healthy by reusing and recycling organic materials in a “zero waste” cycle. Compost keeps our soil happy and it keeps our planet healthy.
Call for Entries: The International Compost Awareness Week Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2020. We’re looking for anyone interested in participating in our 18th Annual Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2020.
POSTER THEME: Soil Loves Compost
The contest runs from September 1 until November 1, 2019 and is open to anyone who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme. The winning poster will serve as the promotional piece to share in the United States the 2020 International Compost Awareness Week theme (ICAW is celebrated in other countries, some using a different theme). We invite EVERYONE, to join in the fun - whether or not you have celebrated or been involved in ICAW in the past, we want you to participate this year. This international contest is open to anyone ten years old and up.
This year’s theme is based on the idea that Soil Loves Compost because compost feeds soil! Soil is alive and needs nourishment to be healthy. With healthy soil you grow healthy plants. Soil Loves Compost because it provides food and nutrients for living microbes that make up healthy soil. Without compost we would have few ways to enrich and restore soil. Compost keeps soil strong and healthy by reusing and recycling organic materials in a “zero waste” cycle. Compost keeps our soil happy and it keeps our planet healthy. Soil Loves Compost!
It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works: The poster contest winner will have his/her poster reproduced and distributed to thousands nationwide. It will be the official 2020 International Compost Awareness Week poster and featured on the CCREF website as well as on the US Composting Council website too. The winning “poster artist” will have his/her name posted on the CCREF website and will be included on all print material and in any press releases in association with our annual ICAW celebration.
The successful poster winner will receive a $500 prize. The contest is open to anyone from 10 years old to adult. There are 3 contest divisions: grades 3-7, grades 8-12, and college – adult. The best from each division will be entered into the final contest. The winning design will be chosen by the end of November.
The contest begins on September 1, 2019 and continues until end of day, November 1, 2019.
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