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Each year, the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) committee chooses a theme to help encourage composting nationwide and in many international countries. In the U.S., ICAW is held the first week of May, set for May 7-13, 2017.
The theme for ICAW 2017 is Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, a message that is especially timely with the release of ReFED (Rethink Food Waste Through Economics & Data) and a goal of reducing food waste in the U.S. by 50% by 2030 set by EPA and USDA.
The goal of ICAW is to build awareness and educate the public about the value of compost and the need to use compost to improve soils and water quality. In the fall, a Poster Contest is held the first week of May; events and activities are planned by communities, municipalities, organizations, schools and individuals that range from compost giveaway days to workshops, lectures, tours and other fun and educational programs.
New this year is the role of the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) in overseeing the ICAW program instead of the Foundation's sister organization, the US Composting Council. The change is expected to increase the educational focus of bringing the message of the importance of compost production to a wider audience.
Deadline for Scholarships Now August 31, 2016 July 2016
To increase the opportunity for more high school and college students the chance to be awarded 2016 -2017 scholarships, CCREF has announced that it is extending the deadlines for both the Sustainable Student application as well as for the application for the Young Investigator Scholarship. The deadline for both applications is now August 31, 2016.
For the Sustainable Student Scholarship program, scholarships will be awarded by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation to high school students who have expressed interest in the composting industry and expect to pursue their interests at the college level within the fields of environmental science, environmental studies, engineering, and biological or the physical.
The Young Investigator Scholarship is focused on supporting undergraduate through PhD students, from a college or university in the United States, conducting research in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution.
Composting Council Research and Education Foundation Hires a Development Officer
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) is pleased to announce the addition of Beth Simone as the new Development Officer. She comes with a wealth of experience in developing and carrying out fund raising activities for 501 (c)3 organizations.
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