• Agromin Achieves Climate Action Leader Status For Third Year - Thursday, March 17, 2011 at
  • Agromin, the largest organics recovery and composting company in California and maker of earth-friendly soil products, achieved Climate Action Leader status for the third consecutive year from the California Climate Action Registry.

    The California Climate Action Registry is a program of the Climate Action Reserve, a nonprofit collaboration in North America that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Members voluntarily promise to monitor and register these emissions. Registry members that have successfully verified their emissions inventory by a third party assessment company earn the status of Climate Action Leader and their emission results are posted online (http://www.climateregistry.org).

    By becoming a Climate Action Leader, California Registry members are promoting their early action reductions through reporting base year data. Because the State of California has offered its best efforts to ensure that California Registry members receive appropriate consideration for early actions, their GHG reductions will be recognized in the future state, federal or international GHG regulatory schemes.

    "Understanding what emissions are being generated by our operations can lead to improved processes through fleet fuel changes, energy efficiency at our offices and other management practices," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "By choosing to voluntarily report, Agromin is staying ahead of the curve, anticipating potential impacts from new federal and state regulations."

    As a part of understanding the total GHG impact of Agromin’s operations, the net benefit from recycling and composting materials were calculated in terms of avoided greenhouse gas emissions. Oxnard, Calif.-based Agromin annually processes 380,000 tons of organic material from more than 50 communities in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara Counties and manufactures more than 200 types of its own premium soil products. In 2009 (latest figures available), Agromin avoided 166,435 metric tons of GHGs, making its avoided emissions 35.5 times higher than the emissions emitted by its operations.

    "GHG reductions benefit everyone--from the air we breathe, to our climate, to the food we produce locally and worldwide," says Camarillo. "Creating renewal materials from organics plays an important role in reducing GHGs."

    For more information about Agromin, visit http://www.agromin.com.

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  • Agromin Sponsors Orange County Students in TrashARTist Earth Day Challenge - Monday, March 7, 2011 at

  • Agromin, a manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products available in Orange County, is a sponsor of the TrashARTist Earth Day Challenge, an Orange County contest where students in grades 3 to 12 create art from recycled materials.

    The contest is presented by the Orange County Council for Green Impacts (OCCGI), a non-profit organization that oversees educational and business events about sustainability. As an OCCGI member, Agromin is sponsoring students in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Westminster, Cypress and Garden Grove to participate in the TrashARTist Earth Day Challenge.

    Individual students, student groups and classes can participate in the contest. When reviewing the art, judges will consider the degree in which recycled materials are used and the strength of the artwork's sustainability message. Any kind of recycled material is welcomed. Entries must also include a video, PowerPoint or photos that convey the artwork's sustainability story.

    The deadline for submissions is before 5:00 p.m. on April 1. Finalists will be announced during the week of April 4. Winners will be announced and recognized at an OCCGI event at the Hilton Anaheim in early June. An exhibition of the finalists will take place at the MUZEO, a museum and arts, culture and entertainment center in Anaheim.

    "Recycling has become a part of our everyday lives," says Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin, a company that recycles almost 380,000 tons of green materials a year into consumer and agriculture soil products. "Kids, especially, have embraced the idea. The contest is a chance for them to think creatively and use trash to produce imaginative and fun art pieces."

    A People's Choice Award, where community members can select their favorite art, will also be held.

    Age groups for the TrashARTist Challenge are grades 3 - 5, 6-8 and 9 - 12. For more contest information, to register and to submit entries, go to www.trashartist.com. As entries are posted on the TrashARTist Challenge website, People's Choice Award votes can be cast for favorites.

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