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The Backstory

Scott Woods, Sustainable Generation’s Founder and CEO, wanted to bring together what he learned from his experience as CEO of The Peninsula Compost Group with over a decade of experience applying technology to create competitive business advantages at Sun Microsystems. In essence he wanted to make what was right for the environment right for business, too.

With the valuable lessons Scott learned, he created Sustainable Generation’s solutions so more businesses and communities could benefit from the knowledge.  From small to large-scale operations – from rural to urban locations – from food waste to biosolids – Scott and his team have led a diverse range of businesses and public entities to achieve their individualized goals for organic waste conversion.


Environmental Enlightenments:

  • Environmental sustainability is a societal and business responsibility.
  • Based on Scott’s family heritage of farming (Scott grew up on a family wheat farm in North Central Montana) and his experience with commercial composting, Scott intrinsically understands composting’s value to agriculture and nature and avidly wants to help businesses and institutions – and the environment - reap the benefits.
  • Today more than 95% of the food waste in the U.S. is not recycled and ends up in landfills creating methane gas that produces greenhouse gas or is incinerated.
  • Animal waste is a major cause of the nutrient loading contamination of our waterways.
  • The urban population explosion around the world is stressing our current systems for dealing with waste, including biosolids, from wastewater treatment plants.

Business Basis:

  • Scott formed a team of the best minds from around the world – experienced engineers, technologists, designers, waste experts, composters, project/construction managers and finance experts to deliver scalable organic waste conversion solutions to the private and public sectors.
  • Used his Peninsula Compost Group knowledge and Sun Microsystems experience to create a “Spectrum of Solutions” to help businesses and communities build, retrofit or convert existing composting facilities to meet their specific needs.
  • Developed the TORC™ or Total Organics Recycling Center that offers a turn-key solution whereby Sustainable Generation designs, builds, commissions, operates in startup and provides training for customers to own and operate their own facilities.
  • Married his concern for the environment with emerging business opportunities to convert waste into a marketable, profitable resource.

Sustainable Generation’s Contributions:

  • Sustainable Generation’s solutions divert recyclable organic waste from landfills – reducing greenhouse gas emissions and extending the life of existing landfills – many of which are reaching capacity.
  • Sustainable Generation’s solutions help reduce the contamination of our waterways.
  • Sustainable Generation’s solutions turn organic waste into high-quality soil products and into renewable energy.

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