ILSR Community Composting 101

17 modules


Linda Bilsens Brolis

12 Jul 2021



Welcome to Community Composting 101!

This course provides an overview of the importance of and science behind composting, and recommended best practices for implementing community composting programs. 

This course includes a course introduction and seven video-based training modules. Each of the training modules are followed by a 5-question knowledge check assessment, which you will need to pass in order to progress to the next module.

A Supplemental Resources Master Document, which provides links to resources referenced in the presentations, is available in the Resource Library. Within each module, key vocabulary words will be bolded and italicized as they are introduced. A full glossary of relevant terminology is linked to in the Supplemental Resources Master Document.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to watch each video-based module, complete the knowledge check that follows each module and achieve an 80% score for the final exam.

Please submit feedback on this course using this form. Thank you for participating!


Upon completion of trainings, assignments, and assessments, participants will be able to:

  • Define compost and composting
  • Identify ways in which compost can benefit soil, plants, waterways, and the climate
  • Explain the potential benefits of community composting
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific principles of composting and how those principles are applied in practice
  • Understand best management practices for community-scale composting and how to implement them
  • Design their own community composting initiative tailored to their community’s needs


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Community Composting 101 Certificate

Course Introduction (6:48 min)
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The What & Why of Composting (27:16 min)
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Knowledge Check | The What & Why of Composting
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Composting Systems & the Role of Community Composting (32:57 min)
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Knowledge Check | Composting Systems & the Role of Community Composting
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Composting Fundamentals & Recipe Development (25:48 min)
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Knowledge Check | Composting Fundamentals & Recipe Development
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Building a Compost Pile (25:16 min)
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Knowledge Check | Building a Compost Pile
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Managing the Composting Process (24:51 min)
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Knowledge Check | Managing the Composting Process
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Site Design & Management (37:17 min)
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Knowledge Check | Site Design & Management
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Getting Started & Engaging the Community (31:32 min)
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Knowledge Check | Getting Started & Engaging the Community
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Supplemental Resources
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Community Composting 101 | Final Exam
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Added 1 day ago, by Renee
Added 4 days ago, by Sr. Mary Jo
thank you for this informative and engaging course! The concrete examples and resources are invaluable! I hope the materials in this course continue to be available to share with others. Blessings on all you do to care for our common home and our work for equity and climate solutions!
Added 12 days ago, by Isabel
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Added about 1 month ago, by Teague
What a great course, great resources, etc. etc. etc.
Added about 1 month ago, by Daniela
Great quality and clear information. Thanks! Would love to help you offer this course in Spanish too.
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