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 3 days ago, by Lyn
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Added 8 days ago, by Adam
Added 8 days ago, by Mariah
Added 9 days ago, by Anonymous
This was a very interesting course, I’ve learnt so much about making compost.
Added 10 days ago, by Sithembele
wow that was a revelation
Added 12 days ago, by Paul
Nice course. I definitely learned more about composting than I had realized.
Added 12 days ago, by Chiara
Added 15 days ago, by Kimberly
Very thorough course!
Added 20 days ago, by Christopher
I'm quite pleased. The community compost sites depicted are really inspiring. congrats to all the hard workers shown in the photos and kudos to the instructors. Even though I finished the course I'm not "done" thanks to the bibliography.

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