Tyler has been involved in efforts to scale up composting in the Charlotte region since April of 2015. Tyler immediately perceived this project as an opportunity to make a positive impact on his hometown’s environment and community. As the son of a geologist and grandson of a farmer, Tyler grew up learning the importance of responsible waste management and fostering healthy soils. Prior to UNCC, Tyler attended Guilford College, where he became an integral part of his institution’s on-campus, organic production farm and food waste diversion program. Upon graduating in 2012, Agromatters, LLC, formed by Tyler and his father, was awarded a contract to co-manage the Guilford Farm and Small, Type III composting operation. With hopes of applying this sustainable, “closed-loop” concept to a municipal-scale, they began operating a Large, Type I composting facility in Cabarrus County, shortly thereafter. Tyler has since decided to postpone his commercial efforts, and focus on progressing his formal education. He is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology from UNCC, in route to a graduate degree. Tyler ultimately aims to apply the many career and academic lessons he has learned to a career involving pollution prevention and remediation of the essential natural resources that are Earth’s waters and soils.