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Born with a passion to eliminate wasted materials, Conor acquired the position of Miller Family CEO of Recycling and Composting where he grew up in Wisconsin. After graduating from Colorado College in 2005, he continued that work with Jackson Curbside Recycling in Jackson Hole, WY. In 2010 he moved back to Gloucester, MA and started Black Earth Compost. Conor’s other passions include surfing, ski-mountaineering, fly-fishing, whitewater kayaking, and climbing. An avid outdoorsman, he has a deep appreciation for nature and has seen the effects of climate change, like the western forests that are being decimated by the Pine Bark Beetle and have become prone to immense wildfires. This deeply felt passion to help Mother Nature instead of ruin it, was his inspiration to start a composting business with the highest regard for ethics and activism.
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Justin grew up on Massachusetts’ North Shore. The coast’s incredible beaches taught him respect for the forces of nature. These lessons came in the form of frequent thrashings by the undertows of Singing Beach, being caught by the rising tide on the sandbar of Black Beach, and from countless sunburns from both. He soon realized that he was at the mercy of a powerful and changing environment.
His studies of Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire exposed him to the effects of anthropogenic climate change and the consequences it brings. Rising ocean levels, more severe weather, ocean acidification, etc. etc. will all more quickly accelerate if we do not make changes in our routine. Composting is a practical way to curb various sources of greenhouse gases and other pollutants so that we can all continue to go to the beach in generally safe fashion.
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Andrew earned a bachelors in Microbiology and Earth Systems at UMass Amherst with a minor in Computer Science. Following college he lived on the west coast and worked as a research technician aboard a number of Antarctic and Atlantic oceanographic cruises. Soil deprived, he returned his attention back to his degree and enrolled in the University of Washington for a Masters of Science in Organic Waste Management. Andrew returned to Cape Ann, where he was raised, to be part of the exciting transformation Massachusetts is currently experiencing as it moves to ban disposal of organics in landfills. His goal is for Massachusetts to be able to supply it’s own nutrients for it’s farming needs, rather than relying on fertilizer mined from a few distant locations.