The Education and Outreach Committee (EOC) works to increase the production and use of compost. We strive to increase awareness of the benefits of compost by offering educational opportunities for professional and home composters. Committee members frequently collaborate with schools, nonprofits and businesses across North Carolina.
Education and Outreach Committee goals for 2019 include building
relationships with other organizations working on climate change solutions. The EOC is also planning a Master Composter program to train individuals to lead neighborhood-scale composting efforts. In addition, the EOC will continue to serve as a resource for International Compost Awareness Week, providing assistance and publicity for NC individuals and organizations who want to host events. We encourage members to get involved with any of those initiatives, and we especially welcome volunteers to help us extend our reach beyond the Research Triangle area.
One of the signature EOC events is a monthly gathering called Sustainable Spirits. Started in 2013, this event unites compost professionals and a broad range of environmental enthusiasts for fun and networking in a relaxed, informal setting. These free gatherings are usually held at breweries and restaurants in the Research Triangle region. Check it out! https://carolinacompost.com/sustainable-spirits/
Accomplishments for 2018 include organizing eight Sustainable Spirits events, including collaborations with the NC Business Council, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Don’t Waste Durham, Toxic Free NC and the Sierra Club Capital Group. In addition, EOC committee members exhibited at the Durham Earth Day Festival and the International Festival in Raleigh.