This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
Michael Virga is the executive director of the U.S. Composting Council(USCC), a front group for dumping sewage sludge onto gardens and farms and for promotion of so-called bioplastics. He replaced the outgoing executive director, Stuart Buckner on September 16, 2011.
According to USCC:
- "Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in running a national trade organization. During his past experience as Executive Director of the American Forestry and Paper Association, Michael directed industry involvement in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) globally, among the largest and most successful of the sustainable forest management and certification programs. During his tenure, Michael managed a staff of 15 employees and an annual budget of $2.3 million. Michael's past work experience also includes work in the private sector both as principal of his consulting firm Green Solutions and Environmental & Resource Manager of Lyon's Pulp and Paper. This unique mix of both senior non-profit and private sector experience makes Michael the ideal choice to lead our organization into the future."
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