Other Composting Topics

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Speakers: Alli Kingfisher, WA Dept. of Ecology; Kate Kurtz, City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilites; Kelsey Bailey, King County, Solid Waste Division; Dave Keeney, King County, Wastewater Treatment Division
  • Location: Bldg. 204, Downstairs North Wing
  • Track: Track F

Implementation of Organic Management Laws in Washington: Challenges, Opportunities and the Road Ahead

What has been happening since the Organics Management Law was passed in 2022, and what to look for in the rest of 2023 and 2024.

Economic Benefits of Organic Amendments: An Ecosystem Services Evaluation of Compost and Class A Biosolids in King County

Organic Amendments like compost and biochar have enormous value outside of their value to reduce the need for fertilizer. The city of Seattle and King County will discuss a recent attempt to quantify some of those values, including reduced flood risk, carbon sequestration, reduced stormwater runoff and more.

Biofiltration and Odor Management Using Biochar in King County

How Chomp Energy is using biochar in odor management and biofiltration applications.

About the Speakers

  • Alli Kingfisher

    WA Dept. of Ecology

    Alli Kingfisher leads the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Organics Management Team and is the coordinator of the Washington Center for Sustainable Food Management. She has 20 years of experience working on a wide range of sustainable materials management policies, projects and initiatives including post-consumer recycled content requirements, plastic packaging, and extended producer responsibility. Alli has a passion for working across sectors to find common ground and practicable solutions.

    Alli holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. Alli is always game for a discussion on policy, the circular economy, or the plans for your next adventure. Please feel free to reach out to her.

  • Kate Kurtz

    City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilites

    Kate is the Organics and Landscape Resource Conservation Program Lead for Seattle Public Utilities. Her professional experience over the last 20 years has focused in soil science, organic materials management, and technical communications. Prior to her work with City of Seattle she has served as a consultant helping utilities and industry groups with science communications and strategic planning, a biosolids project manager for King County, a research assistant at the University of Washington, and a laboratory analyst at Soil Control Lab in Watsonville, CA.

  • Kelsey Bailey

    King County, Solid Waste Division

    Kelsey is the Organics Circular Economy program lead for the King County Solid Waste Division. Her professional experience centers on environmental stewardship, waste management, community engagement, and behavior change. She has been with King County for just over a year, leading efforts in food waste prevention and recovery, as well as compost procurement and use. Prior to this role, she led pollution prevention programming within Seattle Public Utilities’ Drainage & Wastewater Line of Business and earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School in 2021.

  • Dave Keeney

    King County, Wastewater Treatment Division

    Dave is the Biosolids Composting project manager for King County. He has spent the past 9 years beneficially using biosolids, first at Metro Vancouver and for the past 2 years at King County. Prior to that he spent 10 years in research and consulting for the removal of underground contamination from fuel spills