Terms of Use

Copyright and Licensing Notice – All Rights Reserved
The US Composting Council is the licensee of Compost University™ (Compost U™) software. All material (written, video and/or audio) appearing on Compost U™  (“content”) is licensed to the US Composting Council (USCC) & the Compost Research & Education Foundation (CREF) by the content provider, who keeps intellectual property rights. Copyright laws and is the property of Compost U™ or the party credited as the provider of the content. This includes conference, webinar speaker/presenter/author and this is protected by copyright under U.S. You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any such content, nor may you distribute any part of this content over any network, including a local area network, sell or offer it for sale, or use such content to construct any kind of database. You may not alter or remove any copyright or other notice from copies of the content on the Compost U™ platform and supplied course materials. Copying or storing any content except as provided above is expressly prohibited without prior written permission of the Compost U™ copyright holder identified in the individual content’s copyright notice. For permission to use the content on Compost U™, please contact uscc@compostingcouncil.org, or you can call us at 301-897-2715.

The content contained in Compost U™ is provided only for educational and informational purposes or as required by U.S. law and is licensed to Compost U™ by each content provider. The USCC and the CREF attempts to ensure that content is accurate and obtained from reliable sources, but does not represent it to be error-free. The US Composting Council may add, amend or repeal any coursework, policy, procedure or regulation, and failure to timely post such changes to its website shall not be construed as a waiver of enforcement.  The USCC and the CREF does not warrant that any functions on Compost U™ will be uninterrupted, that defects will be corrected, or that the platform will be free from viruses or other harmful components. Any links to third party information on Compost U™ are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of those materials or the third party providing them.

Third Party Terms of Service and Policies:
The Compost University™ platform uses third parties such as AffiniPay and Freestone by Community Brands. Third Party Policies may be found here:

• The Freestone by Community Brands Privacy Policy:  https://www.freestonelms.com/privacy-policy/

• AffiniPay Privacy Policy: https://www.affinipay.com/terms/privacy/

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Compost University™ Privacy Policy
This is Compost University’s online learning management system Internet Privacy Policy. Compost University™ is managed by the US Composting Council. You can write to us at PO Box 19246, Raleigh, NC 27619. We can be reached by email at uscc@compostingcouncil.org, or you can call us at 301-897-2715.

Compost University™, values individual privacy and we want to give our website visitors and learners the opportunity to know what information we collect about them and how they can limit the use of personally-identifiable information beyond the purposes for which they first provided it. At all times, however, USCC and Compost University™ reserves the right to disclose information where required by law or to comply with valid legal process (such as search warrant, subpoena or court order), to protect USCC’s and Compost University’s rights or property, including without limitation in the event of a transfer of control USCC or Compost University™ or substantially all of its assets, or during emergencies when safety is at risk.

Whenever we change our policy, we will give notice by posting a notice on our home page. Since these policy change notices last only for a limited time, however, you should check this Privacy Policy regularly to see if there have been any changes.

Data We Collect and How We Use It
Compost University™ – Personally Identifiable Information

We collect your email address if you communicate with us by email, as well as other information that you might supply voluntarily, such as survey information and Compost University™ coursework.

If you purchase a product or service on the Compost University™ website we will also ask for your credit card number or other account number you wish to be charged. We do not give out your credit card or other account information to third parties unless you authorize us to do so or if it is necessary to fulfill our responsibilities, including, but not limited to, delivering a product or service you order.

We may use this information to respond to an email or other inquiry or request, to help improve our website and our services, to customize your experience at our website, or to send updates or notices about our organization and the products we offer that we think may be of interest to you. We may also combine this information with other generally or publicly available information to help us identify visitors’ preferences or interests. We may provide information that identifies you to companies that assist us in these activities, such as helping us fulfill your request for a product, service or information.

Compost University™ collects information from its learners (including names, addresses, business phone numbers, business fax numbers, and email addresses) for purpose of continuing education and possible networking among learners and USCC members. Further, with the learners express approval, Compost University™ may occasionally provide, sell, or rent limited data to third parties, including companies that offer products and services for sale to USCC members. This limited data includes names, job titles, companies/organizations, and business addresses, but do not include business phone numbers, business fax numbers, or email addresses.

Children’s Privacy

Compost University’s website is intended for adults. USCC does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If USCC obtains knowledge that it has personally identifiable information about a child under 13 in retrievable form in its files, USCC will delete that information from our existing files.

Cookies & Computer-Related Information

Compost University™ does not enable “cookies” on our website with one exception. A cookie is used in website system administration to keep track of movement of an individual user from one screen to another. This information may be used by our staff to detect and resolve website problems and to assist with customer support. We do not collect any personally identifiable information about site visitors in this process.

Our web server automatically collects information from your computer and navigation patterns when you visit our site, including your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the computer’s operating system, the type of browser you use, and the specific web pages visited during your connection. We may also track data such as the total number of visits to our website and the number of visitors to each page of our website.

We may use this information, in aggregate form, for system maintenance and to better understand how our visitors use our site and services so that we can make them better. Compost University™ may also share statistical or demographic information in aggregate form with third parties for marketing or research purposes. This aggregate data will not contain any information that personally identifies you.

How You Can Control and Update Data About You
We want to be sure that we keep only the most accurate and up-to-date information about you in our records. Therefore, whenever you believe that your contact information needs to be updated, you can email Compost University™ at uscc@compostingcouncil.org to correct your contact information.

You may choose at any time to remove your name, telephone and fax numbers, and postal and email addresses from lists we use to send notices or updates and elect not to receive correspondences from us by emailing at uscc@compostingcouncil.org.

Users may request that Compost University™ and USCC refrain from disclosing to third parties the data it collects on its membership application form or any other form on which users are providing information by refraining from checking the “opt-in” box that appears on each form on which a user provides information. Alternatively, users may contact USCC at uscc@compostingcouncil.org.

Other Internet sites you visit – including those linked from the Compost University™ and USCC websites – may have their own privacy policies or no policy at all. Other websites might use personal information differently than our policy permits. We strongly encourage you to review the privacy policies of any site before providing personal information.

Data Integrity and Security
We use state-of-the-art technology to keep any information you provide as secure as possible. We also have in place privacy protection control contractual obligations with our vendors designed to ensure that personal data is protected from unauthorized access or disclosure. All USCC and Compost University™ employees and contractors must abide by Compost University™ and USCC’s Privacy Policy. Only authorized employees are permitted to have access to personally-identifiable data about website visitors, and that access is limited to what is reasonably needed to perform an employee’s responsibilities, such as providing updates or notices or customer service. Employees who violate our privacy policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Third-Party Networks
We use third parties such as sponsors, underwriters and advertisers to serve advertisements on our Site and on third-party websites or other media (e.g., social networking platforms). This enables us and these third parties to target advertisements to you for products and services in which you might be interested. Third-party ad network providers, advertisers, sponsors and/or traffic measurement services may use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (including clear GIFs), Flash LSOs and other tracking technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content to you. These third-party cookies and other technologies are governed by each third party’s specific privacy policy, not this one. We may provide these third-parties with information about you.

Users in the United States may opt out of many third-party networks. For example, you may go to the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Consumer Choice Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by DAA companies. You may also go to the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) Consumer Opt-Out Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by NAI members.

Opting out from one or more companies listed on the DAA Consumer Choice Page or the NAI Consumer Opt-Out Page will opt you out from those companies’ delivery of interest-based content or ads to you, but it does not mean you will no longer receive any advertising through our Site or on other websites. You may continue to receive advertisements, for example, based on the particular website that you are viewing (i.e., contextually based ads). Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you opt out on the DAA or NAI websites, your opt-out may not be effective. Additional information is available on the DAA’s website at www.aboutads.info or the NAI’s website at www.networkadvertising.org.

Online Behavioral Advertising and How You Can Opt-Out
We may work with third-party advertising companies who may utilize cookies and web beacons, and data collected on our services, to customize advertisements to you on our services, as well as on other websites or mobile applications in their networks beyond our services. Among other things, these customized advertisements may advertise our products and services and third party products and services on websites or mobile applications not affiliated with us. Some of these ads are online behavioral advertising – which serve advertisements that are more likely to be of interest to you using non-personal behavioral information. Such ads may contain cookies that allow monitoring of websites and mobile applications (including our own services) and your response to such advertisements. Cookies or web beacons placed by these companies do not collect personal information, and the third-party advertising companies do not have access to or use your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number or other personal information; they may however, anonymously track your usage across our services and other websites or mobile applications in their networks. We limit companies that place our ads from using information for any purpose other than to assist us in our advertising efforts.

For more information about these third-party advertising companies’ privacy policies, visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s website at http://www.networkadvertising.org. If you prefer to not receive targeted advertising, you can opt-out of network advertising programs that use your information. To do so, please visit: the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page.