Who is ACP?
We are compost producers, compost utilization organizations, non-profits, compostable product companies, and government agencies, all of whom share the common goal of increasing the quantity and quality of compost in California.
We all want to live in a better world and know that building healthy soil is an essential step to growing healthy food for all people, filtering abundant clean water, and contributing to cleaner air and global cooling for healthy communities.
We rescue organic materials from the waste stream throughout California, and compost them into high quality soil amendments. We work with haulers, composters, regulators, non-profits, and compost stakeholders of all sizes to make compost an easy part of building healthy communities.
We collect organics from all over California, and we help apply compost everywhere we can. Farmlands use compost to grow healthy food, fiber, feed, and flowers. Landscapers use compost to decrease water costs, and enhance beauty. Green Infrastructure uses compost to help manage flooding, decrease urban heat island effect, and enliven our cities. Natural and working lands use compost to decrease erosion, manage flooding, and filter water to support all life.
|Benefits||ACP Full Member||USCC Chapter Member||Description of Service|
|USCC California State Chapter||X||As the official USCC state chapter we serve as a resource for networking, training and education, developing professional opportunities and advocacy. Chapter members work on localized, critical topics that impact your bottom line and align themselves closely with compost producers, municipal officers, consultants, educators and haulers|
|Monthly Member Meetings||X||Participation in ACP monthly member meetings to interact, collaborate and contribute alonside your compost producer colleagues|
|Monthly e-Newsletter||X||The Association of Compost Producers monthly communications to members covering News, Advocacy, Education, Working Group updates and Networking.|
|Compost Marketing Program||X||Leverage your organization's marketing dollars, by pooling your dues investment with other composters to help expand overall compost awareness and use in the marketplace including a blueprint plan and roadmap.|
|Legislative Representation||X||Sacramento lobbyist Lynch & Associates works with the legislators, their staff, government agencies and other colleagues to get bills through in collaboration with ACP's policy working group|
|California Public Policy Updates||X||In increasingly regulated industries such as the composting sector, the benefits of guidance and advocacy support are important to maintaining profitability in an increasingly complex business environment. ACP keeps you better informed of California public policy updates, relevant news and advocates on your behalf.|
|Regulations Representation||X||ACP board, staff and leadership represent compost producers with the development and implementation of all compost regulations that impact the compost industry in California|
|Professional Consultation||X||Professional involvement and consultation with ACP staff to support your organization’s compost producing and end-use expansion efforts|
|Organizational Assistance||X||Cost effective strategic and tactical California compost market expansion services from ACP's experienced members and professional staff|
|Professional Representation||X||Professional representation at conferences workshops hearings and events at the California State level on compost issues by ACP paid executive staff|
|Career Development||X||Advance your career by taking advantage of professional development and networking opportunities. Show your employees that you support their professional development and position your organization to attract and retain the best talent through career development.|
|Participation in State Funded Projects||X||Serve as technical advisors to State-funded compost market expansion projects in which ACP members and professionals are engaged|
|California Compost Awareness||X||California's efforts to expand International Compost Awareness Week including coordination of events and activities that increase education, exposure and networking opportunities within the California composting industry|
|ACP Legislators Day||X||In conjunction with ICAW the ACP hosts an annual legislators meet up day to enhance awareness of compost benefits and to develop relationships with assembly and senators. We also hear from regulators and program managers at annual luncheon at the State Capital.|
|Local Advocacy||X||Our ACP Staff, leadership and outreach working groups represent professional composters to regional, county and city policy makers and regulators to support the expansion of composting production and markets. Access to the most up to date information concerning the composting industry and exclusive online library of resources (Fall 2018)|
|Directory||X||Online updated access to members only areas of ACP *NEW website and directory of industry contacts. Website relaunch summer 2018|
|Eblast Updates||X||Receive regular alerts and email announcements of meetings, workshops, groups, and conference educational sessions for compost professionalss. Learn up to the minute news affecting organics composting and management locally.|
|Invitations and Discounts||X||Receive early information and discounted rates to ACP events|
|Social Media||X||Instant industry updates, news and information daily and weekly through Facebook and LinkedIn. Cross promotion and sharing of member news on ACP social media network.|
|Networking Opportunities||X||Build your clientele by tapping into ACP’s highly engaged community. Over the course of networking at ACP and partner gatherings, important business relationships emerge. Access to composting professionals who can help create and/or improve your career, business or enterprise goals. Networking provide the opportunity to make valuable connections, and these can often turn into lifelong clients/friends|
|Working Groups||X||Build your team’s composting management competencies to maximize performance and advance your mission. Through ACP Working Groups that are topic specific and results focused you can affect change and impact the direction of the industry.|
|Industry Leadership||X||Opportunity awaits you to grow into committee leadership or perhaps vie for a coveted space on the board of directors. This state association guides the strategy and tactics of the policies and initiatives in the California composting industry.|
|Research||X||Direct and work with ACP staff to initiate and engage in compost technology and market research that expands the production and use of compost in California|
|Online Idea Exchange||X||**Comming Soon** -Set your organization up for success by empowering every employee with access to practical, problem-solving resources and a strong community of professional peers. Exclusive “Members Only” communication opportunities through the ACP Forums are an important benefit of making connections with peers from other parts of the state or industry to share best operational practices, experience with new technologies or approaches to marketing. Suppliers also can chime in and share new products and services as well as specific recommendations.|
|ACP Annual Meeting||X||1st Quarter of the year ACP hosts an annual member planning retreat to update the annual plan and create the roadmap for the year while networking with composters, suppliers, manufacturers and leaders in our industry. You also benefit from ACP's industry best practices and awareness of market conditions.|
|ACP Website, Newsletter and Event Marketing||X||Gain exposure in the industry by advertising or placing a listing on the ACP website. This and other marketing opportunities are available and tailoried to your business objectives.|
|Sponsorships||X||ACP's Annual Sponsorship plan will get your company in front of local compost operators: farm, municipal and commercial, environmental and agricultural consultants, recycling professionals, including local and state regulators.|
|Use of ACP logo||X||Invite ACP to partner with you on events and opportunities adding importance to your projects & a network of member outreach behind it.|
|Brand Recognition||X||Aligning your brand as a supporting member of ACP will help you gain visibility for your business. Personally contributing your subject matter expertise to ACP’s knowledge resources will showcase you as an expert in the industry. Being able to place ACP trade association affiliation on your business card helps promote your professionalism, signaling to trading partners that your an active participat in the development of the industry.|
|Composting Education Foundation||X||X||Join the efforts of the Composting Council Education Foundation -- USCC's 501c3 not for profit foundation and educational programing|
|Compost Operations Training||X||X||The Compost Operators Training Course is offered in California annually in March (UC Davis Campus or Cal Poly Pomona) The five day couse gives you the knowledge you need to run a successful composting facility.|
|National Research||X||X||Access to National research studies concerning composting|
|International Compost Awareness Week||X||X||Increased exposure nationally and international with networking opportunities around the composting industry.|
|BioCycle Magazine||X||X||Discounted rate on this National industry journal|
|USCC Advertising||X||X||USCC gives members reduced rates on advertising, subscriptions, and products|
|Discounted Rate to USCC Conference||X||X||In January you can network, educate and discover new vendors at the annual conference|
Depending on your organization type and the amount of compostable organics generated, processed composted, and/or compost, equipment or services sold in California, will determine your level of membership ― your compost market expansion co-investment ― as shown in the following table: California State Chapter Supporting Annual Dues Levels
† Generators provide biosolids, food scraps, green material or manure that is processed and manufactured into compost, or land applied or used for energy.
If you are already a member of the US Composting Council (www.compostingcouncil.org), and have operations in California, use this application to upgrade your support, and leverage your individual investments in California compost market expansion and sustainability.
Simply print out this application, fill it out, scan it and email it Dan Noble, ACP ED, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are NOT already a member of the US Composting Council (www.compostingcouncil.org), and have operations in California, use this application to start your support, and ACP will apply a portion of your first year dues to your USCC membership. Please ask ACP staff for more details that will be particular to your organization type and size.
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