BETHESDA, MD, January 16, 2013 –/WORLD-WIRE/– A high school junior from Michigan has been recognized by the United States Composting Council (USCC) as the International Compost Awareness Week poster contest winner. This year contestants were challenged to visually portray the theme, “Compost! …Nature’s Way to Grow.” Jennifer Tigani from Westland, MI was selected as the grand prize winner of the 2013 ICAW poster contest.
“Ms. Tigani’s design is a compelling reflection on the role of compost in maintaining a healthy planet,” said Michael Virga, USCC Executive Director. “It’s encouraging to see a young talent such as Jennifer invest her time and creativity to promote this important message,” Michael added.
Jennifer wins a prize of $500 for her entry and her art will be incorporated into the official ICAW 2013 poster. Each member of the USCC receives a complimentary poster. Others may order a poster online for $5 per copy. Bulk copies are also available.
“The U.S. Composting Council is pleased with the overwhelming response this year with over 150 entries from around the globe. This year’s poster contest was truly an international event with each division winner representing a different country. It’s exciting to see that people from around the world understand the important role compost has on creating a sustainable society,” said Lorrie Loder, President of the U.S. Composting Council.
The U.S. Composting Council invites everyone to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week, May 6-12, 2013. This year activities span the globe with celebrations planned across the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and Ireland – composting advocates will be encouraging everyone to compost!
International Compost Awareness Week focuses on broadening the understanding of compost use and promotes awareness of composting. Globally, ICAW events show that innovative compost programs and educational efforts improve community sustainability and actively promote the use of renewable resources in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture.
International Compost Awareness Week is a fun and educational week of events that offers an opportunity to learn more about the many benefits of composting while enjoying the backdrop of fun activities. To find out what’s going on in your area and for a list of resources to plan your event visit: www.compostingcouncil.org.
USCC thanks the following companies for the generous commitment to sponsor ICAW 2013 activities: A1 Organics, BioCycle, City of San Jose, Composting News, Filtrexx, MSW Management, NatureWorks LLC., Recology, Reotemp Instruments, Soil and Mulch Producer News, St. Louis Composting, Waste Management, We Care Organics.
About the US Composting Council
Established in 1990, the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is the only national organization in the United States dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry. The USCC achieves this mission by encouraging, supporting and performing compost related research, promoting best management practices, establishing standards, educating professionals and the public about the benefits of composting and compost utilization, enhancing compost product quality, and developing training materials for composters and markets for compost products. USCC members include compost producers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.
The USCC is a non-profit 501(c) (6) organization that also directs the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF), a 501(c) (3) charitable foundation, which administers public and private research and education activities.
Leanne Spaulding, Manager of Membership and Communications
US Composting Council