Feb. 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, MA — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the next Green Living Seminar will take place on Thursday, March 7, with a presentation on “Closing the Loop: Composting Food Waste” by Trevor Mance, owner of TAM Organics LLC, a commercial food and farm composting facility in Bennington, Vt.

All Green Living Seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this semester’s series is “Sustainable Food and Farming,” which focuses on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region, and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

Mance will talk about large-scale composting and how his operation works. He also will share his thoughts about the potential to capture more organic waste for composting in the future.

As a senior at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt., in 1996, Mance worked at the Town of Shaftsbury Landfill in Vermont on the weekends, and started up a weekend hauling route. After high school, he expanded with a route in Bennington, and attended Hudson Valley Community College, then Sienna College.

Over the years, TAM grew into a hauling company with 15 trucks and 25 employees. The Bennington facility recycles inorganic materials, and a facility in Pownal, Vt., processes recycled inorganic materials and for shipping recycling, construction, and demolitions debris to appropriate end users.

This semester’s Green Living Seminars will take place through April 25. Following Mance’s talk on Thursday, March 7, the next Green Living lecture will take place on Thursday, March 14, when John Kozik, general manager of MCLA Dining Services, and Anthony Fiorentino, executive chef of MCLA Dining Services, present “Sustainable Dining at MCLA.”   

Podcasts of this semester’s Green Living lectures will be posted online following each presentation at

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2019 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

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