Policies To Put Carbon Back In Soils
Barriers impeding soil carbon storage

Carbon 180, the Center for Carbon Renewal, spent the last 3 years working with producers, local organizations, and policymakers in the Rocky Mountain states to understand how policies and science can modernize to support practices that put carbon back into soils.

Connections: Why Regenerative Agriculture Needs Recycled Organics
Sally Brown

The importance of recycled organics in regenerative agriculture needs to be understood, not only by the municipalities that manage the feedstocks, but also by climate strategists and most importantly, state and federal agencies. Part VII
Sally Brown

Natural Gas Utility Announces New Source Of RNG

FortisBC, a natural gas utility in British Columbia (BC), has a “30BY30” target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

California’s SB 1383 Compost And Mulch Procurement Factsheets

The regulations for California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Reduction Act, are in the final public comment period, established to review “nonsubstantive” changes that do not impact the scope of the regulations.

Connections: Too Much Nitrogen To Eat
Sally Brown

We’ve gone from famine to feast when it comes to nutrients to help plants grow. One example is nitrogen. Here’s a climate-smart strategy to wean off synthetic N by using the N in recycled organics.
Sally Brown

Draft Soil Enrichment Protocol Incentivizes Carbon Storage

The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) released a first draft of its new Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) on April 17th that gives carbon credits for regenerative farming practices.

Connections: Irrigation + Compost Math
Sally Brown

How much does adding compost to production agriculture soils reduce irrigation needs? Let’s do the math. Part V.2
Sally Brown

Connections: Why Compost Is Cheapest Irrigation System
Sally Brown

The bottom line is more organic matter means that the soil holds more water. Part V.1
Sally Brown

Seattle’s Winning Strategy For Managing Organics
Seattle's three collection bins

When programs, garbage collection fees, or regulations cause households to move organics out of the garbage cart and into the organics cart, costs for managing MSW go down.
Jeffrey Morris

Book Review: “The Waste Between Our Ears”
The Waste Between Our Ears

In times of rising heat, fire and rising waters, this new book by Gerry Gillespie presents recycling and composting as the means to achieve a zero waste economy.
Neil Seldman

Feed Chickens, Not Landfills
chickens eat food waste

A backyard chicken is expected to consume approximately 1.6 pounds of food scraps per week.
Maureen Breen

Organic On The Front Line Of California’s Climate Resilience
Figure 1. Organics builds healthy communities from the soil up to the economy.

Fundamentally, organic farming practices, including use of compost, build healthy soils that store carbon and water — and yield food that builds healthy people.
Nora Goldstein

Connections: Hail To The Trees … And The Biosolids

Drawdown series continues with carbon sequestration related to trees and the benefits of adding recycled organics. Part IV
Sally Brown

Biomethane Pathway To 2030
Biomethane: The Pathway To 2030

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), wrote the following in the foreword to “Biomethane: The Pathway To 2030,” an ADBA report released in early March: “Time and time again, prominent organizations with the ear of our government have highlighted biomethane’s vital role in the [current] decade of decarbonization.

Urban Compost Math — Calculating Carbon Offsets
King County existing program, -0.52 tons of CO2 per dry ton biosolids

Research study modeled likely rates of carbon sequestration for urban uses of compost. Applications included growing lawns, trees, urban agriculture and for use alongside urban roadways.
Sally Brown

Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan For Zero Waste
Baltimore's Fair Development Plan For Zero Waste

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance worked with Zero Waste Associates to prepare Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste for United Workers of Baltimore.

Connections: Can Compost Draw Down Carbon?
Sally Brown

Series examines all the ways compost reduces CO2 in the atmosphere. Part I
Sally Brown

BioCycle Trailblazer: Sally Brown, PhD, University of Washington
Sally Brown, PhD

Sally Brown is a woman with many talents and achievements.
BioCycle July 2019

Connections: Ecosystem Accounting And The Doggie In The Window
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle July 2019

Fueling Trash Trucks With RNG
The City of Longmont, Colorado expects to be fueling 11 new collection vehicles by the end of 2019 with RNG from the biogas generatedat the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Replacing 90,000 gallons of diesel fuel with RNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle May/June 2019

101 For Low Carbon Fuel Standard
In-state RNG projects, such as this anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, are eligible under the LCFS for either self-use, direct sale as a conventional fuel replacement, or by injecting into a pipeline and demonstrating RNG use as a vehicle fuel.

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas.
Paul Greene
BioCycle March/April 2019

Connections: Fasten Your Seatbelt
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle January 2019

Green Sports Alliance Update 2018
Missouri Organic Recycling (MOR) conducted a field test of the compostable peanut bags in 2017.“The bags completely degraded in 49 days,”notes Kevin Anderson, Vice-President of MOR.

Among the latest developments are formation of Green Sports Alliance Japan, and commercialization of a compostable peanut bag.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle June 2018

Commentary: Ontario’s Advanced Organics Policy

Colin Isaacs
BioCycle June 2018

California Launches Its Organics Revolution
Left: Scott Smithline, Director, CalRecycle Right: Ken DaRosa, Chief Deputy Director, CalRecycle

The Director and Chief Deputy Director of CalRecycle explain scope of state’s landmark new climate law and describe creative solutions that are key to its success.
Scott Smithline and Ken DaRosa
BioCycle March/April 2018

Deeper Dive Into Zero Waste
Zero Waste training at Arizona State University includes sorts of the trash, recycling and organics bins to identify and eliminate challenging materials. Sorting contents of front-of-house bins, directed by Stephanie Barger of GBCI’s Zero Waste program (on right in front), shown above.

Credential and certification programs are available to universities and businesses to guide initiatives and achieve a minimum of 90 percent diversion.
Sarah Stanley
BioCycle July 2017

Advancing Sports Greening
The LED lights installed at Yankee Stadium are an example of an innovation that has rapidly become the norm at sports venues.

The Green Sports Alliance does not ask its members to be perfect, explains Justin Zeulner, Executive Director: “We ask them to show that these goals can be accomplished.”
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle May 2017

California Climate Smart Ag Initiative Launched
Cover crops in an orchard reduce soil erosion.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced creation of the Healthy Soils Initiative in 2015. A recent Summit brought stakeholders together to discuss implementation and funding.
Chelsea Mitchell
BioCycle March/April 2017

University Campus Restoration Earns SITES Certification
Storm water is directed through a series of arroyo and acequia bioswales, which reconnect historic arroyos that were filled during UTEP’s construction. Compost was added to soils where needed to increase organic matter.

Project is designed to mimic the function of natural desert riparian corridors using native soils, rocks and vegetation to slow and cleanse storm water.
Sarah Buente and Heather Venhaus
BioCycle December 2016

BioEnergy Outlook: Brexit And Climate Policy

Ted Niblock
BioCycle July 2016

Commentary: Is There A Recycling Crisis?
Richard Hertzberg

Richard Hertzberg
BioCycle June 2016

Market Transformation For Sustainable Landscapes
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens achieved the highest level of SITES® certification under the pilot program.

SITES® offers a rating system that defines what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment.
Sarah Buente
BioCycle May 2016

California “All In” On Organics Recycling
Scott Smithline, Director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), is the opening Keynote Speaker at BioCycle’s 30th Anniversary West Coast Conference, April 4-7, 2016 in San Diego. BioCycle editors posed a series of questions related to the state of organics recycling in California to Director Smithline. His answers provide a preview to his anticipated Keynote remarks on Tuesday, April 5 in the Opening Plenary.

In a Q&A session, Scott Smithline, Director of CalRecycle, provides insights on why organics recycling is critical to tackling climate change, depleted soil, drought and renewable energy generation.
BioCycle March/April 2016

Connections: Grow Your Own
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2016

Major Companies Earn Zero Waste Certifications

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council’s certification requires facilities to have a minimum of 90 percent overall diversion from landfills, incineration and the environment.
Claire Siegrist
BioCycle February 2016

Farm Aid Plants Seeds Of Sustainability
Farm Aid’s 30th Anniversary Concert was held at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island last summer. It was the venue’s first experience collecting a compostables stream (green bin with green bag, above and at left). Farm Aid requires that all food service items coming into contact with food be compostable.

Venues hosting Farm Aid’s annual concert are required to serve food sustainably grown by local family farmers and institute organics recycling.
Stephanie Katsaros
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.55

BioEnergy Outlook: Convening For The Climate

Ted Niblock
BioCycle December 2015

How Your Community Can Be Zero Waste In 10 Years
Thriving zero waste communities

No one has all the answers yet, but we know enough now to help any community in the U.S. make serious strides toward a Zero Waste future.
Eric Lombardi and Kate Bailey
BioCycle November 2015

Energy Company Of The Future
Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) new solar farm and battery storage facility is being dedicated in Rutland, Vermont. It is built on a closed landfill (battery storage units shown connected to solar array).

Mary Powell, CEO, is leading Green Mountain Power to be a positive force for change, taking the path of lower cost, clean energy. “I am driven to make things better and am not afraid of doing things differently and taking risks,” she tells BioCycle.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2015

Low Cost Switch To 100% Renewables
Georgetown pursued 100 percent renewable energy simply because it was the best investment for their customers.

Is Georgetown, Texas a model for other cities to follow to make a switch to 100 percent renewable energy?
John Farrell
BioCycle August 2015

Connections: Good To The Last Grind

Sally Brown
BioCycle August 2015

BioEnergy Outlook: More Pope, Less Nope

Ted Niblock
BioCycle July 2015

Connections: California Almonds

Sally Brown
BioCycle June 2015

Connections: Water Jobs

Sally Brown
BioCycle May 2015

Sports Venues Tout Reclaimed Water Firsts
The $1.3 billion LEED Gold Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers, uses reclaimed water to irrigate the playing field and a green roof on one of the suite towers, as well as for all toilet and urinal flushing.

The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, and an ice hockey arena in Los Angeles, both tap municipal systems to utilize recycled water.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle March/April 2015

BioEnergy Outlook: Sanity Of Carbon Pricing

Ted Niblock
BioCycle March/April 2015

A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions
Figure 1. Institutional silos

A rich array of opportunities and new infrastructure strategies offer strong and simultaneous affordability, resilience and sustainability benefits.
Rhys Roth
BioCycle March/April 2015

Commentary: Climate Attitudes And U.S. Employment Rate

Ted Niblock
BioCycle December 2014

Portland, Oregon: Carbon Offset Report

BioCycle December 2014

Training The Zero Waste Workforce
Material assessments are integral to identifying all recyclables, landfill-bound waste and compostable organics. The value and composition of each material is broken down in detail in order to optimize recovery and reduce costs.

Community Environmental Services, part of Portland State University, trains and employs students to offer zero waste management services to companies, institutions and public agencies.
Neil Seldman
BioCycle November 2014

Managing Fall Leaves In Victoria, British Columbia
The Residential Leaf Pick-Up Program takes place over four months, starting in October when trees first drop their leaves.

The City Parks Division has taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of its annual leaf collection as well as expanded applications for finished compost and leaf mulch.
Ken Hilchey
BioCycle October 2014

Revisiting Urban Water Infrastructure
Green storm water infrastructure, such as this rain garden in Portland, Oregon, is becoming increasingly common to capture and infiltrate rainwater. Compost is often used in the engineered soil mixes for the rain gardens.

Transitions to practices such as green storm water infrastructure, grey water use and recycling treated wastewater are becoming more common. Part II
Sally Brown
BioCycle May 2014

Editorial: All Hands On Deck
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle May 2014

Book Review: More Inconvenient Truths, This Time For Recycling
Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter

BioCycle March/April 2014
Richard Hertzberg

Compost And Mulch Aid Drought Survival
The wheat yield increase across all harvests was 16 percent due to higher water holding capacity. (Image courtesy of King County Wastewater)

Composts and organics should be emphasized as much as efficient irrigation techniques to keep crops growing in these times of uncertain water supplies. Part I
Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2014

Connections: Teamwork!
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle February 2014