Entries by Lynn Lucas

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Noel Lyons, President

Wow.  It’s been 20 years. When Jim McGill decided he was ready to give up his environmental consulting business and go build a composting business, I was the lucky guy he invited along on the trip without a roadmap.  My background in agricultural science gave me an appreciation for the power of microbes, but converting […]

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Art? Science? Let’s End the Discussion

Let’s end the art vs science debate.  Modern composting is all about science, specifically, biology. It has been said the 19th century was dominated by chemistry and the 20th by physics.  That brings us to the next hundred years, already dubbed “the century of biology.” As practitioners of an advanced microbiological treatment and stabilization technology, […]

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Executive Order: Reducing the Use of Water

Section 2(d) of Executive Order 13514 establishes a 20 percent water reduction goal for federal agencies by fiscal year (FY) 2020 relative to baseline use (FY2010). A reported 87 percent of all water consumed in the U.S. is utilized for irrigation, with “consumed” meaning no longer available for other purposes. An estimated 80 percent of […]

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Lynn Lucas, Project Developer

Q:  Project developer?  What’s that? A: I suppose an analogy to a composer is close to the mark.  The spark of an idea becomes a cacophony of sounds swimming around in my head.  One by one, those noises and tones are isolated.  The instrument or voice making each sound is identified.  Then an organizational process […]

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“Excellent Crop Response” – Britt Riddle

“Excellent crop response,”  says Britt Riddle of Riddle Farms in St. Pauls, NC.  “The compost seems to last longer with less leaching than commercial-grade fertilizer.” A conventional grower, Britt tested fertilizer and compost side-by-side on corn.   His May 2010 test plot pix (right) shows commercial fertilizer left of the ditch and McGillAG compost on the […]

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Executive Order: recycling water and wastewater treatment residuals

EO 13514, published in the Federal Register in October of 2009 and sometimes referred to as President Obama’s Environmental Executive Order, charges employees of the U.S. government to make “reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a priority for federal agencies.” In the 18 or so months since its issue, the directive has spawned new and […]

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Sustainability Is About Systems, Not Lifestyles

In the early days of the movement, when meeting goals was a simple matter of personal choice,  sustainability was a lifestyle decision made by individuals and families with minimal influence on the larger community.  But today, decisions about sustainability result in big impacts, because the people making those decisions do so on behalf of cities, […]

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A major battle for food waste diversion is won, but the war goes on

Big names in the corporate world source-separate food waste for composting. Each time it happens, food waste diversion can claim a major victory. And in this case, everyone wins, not only the waste generator. Diversion enthusiasts applaud higher recycling rates and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Corporations earn green bragging rights.  Everyone gets a sustainable management […]