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January 26, 2011

2011 Central IL Composting Symposium

Date: Monday, February 14, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Place Lincolnland Community College, Springfield, IL


Monday, February 14, 2011

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Registration

1:00 - 1:10 p.m. Welcome

1:10-2:10 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Paul Walker, Illinois State University

2:10-2:30 p.m. Questions

2:30-2:45 p.m. Break – Refreshments prepared by LLCC Culinary Arts students

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session I

A. Backyard Composting Basics - Jennifer Fishburn (horticulture educator, University of Illinois Extension)

B. Starting a Community Composting Program - George Dreckmann (recycling coordinator, City of Madison, WI) and Mike Brunk (city arborist, City of Urbana Public Works)

C. Food Waste Composting - David Smith (Illinois Energy Office - Recycling Program, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)

D. Composting Rules & Regulations - Derek Rompot (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Bureau of Land)

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:00 p.m. Breakout Session II

A. Vermicomposting - Wynne Coplea (waste and recycling manager, City of Springfield)

B. Composting for Schools/Campuses - Panelists: Andilee Warner (recycling and solid waste coordinator, SIU-Carbondale), Paul Walker (professor of animal science and head of ISU composting program), Gary Cuneen (founder and executive director, Seven Generations Ahead)

C. Farm Composting - Panelists: Randy Fonner (extension specialist, Certified Livestock Manager Program, University of Illinois Extension), Dean Allen (Soil Exchange, Inc.), AJ Wilken (Wilken Worm Farm)

D. Business/Commercial Composting - Enid Cardinal (sustainability coordinator, ISU)

5:00-5:30 p.m. Build Your Own Bin Registration

5:30-6:30 p.m. Build Your Own Bin Workshop


Lincoln Land Community College, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, University of Illinois Extension, City of Springfield, Illinois Department of Agriculture

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Randy Fonner Randy Fonner
Extension Specialist, Certified Livestock Manager Program
Phone: 217-333-2611

Ellen Phillips Ellen Phillips
Extension Educator, Crop Systems