bee pollinating lavender flowers

June 24, 2020 2 minute read

Pollinator Problems: Murder Hornets' Effect on Bees

Recent sightings of Asian giant hornets, aka ‘murder hornets,’ in the Pacific Northwest have led to renewed concerns about the decline of the honey bee population and viable pollinators for flowering plants and crops in the United States.

trees, grass, and bushes on top of a roof building

June 10, 2020 2 minute read

Maintaining Green Roof Projects During the Pandemic

Green roofs must be maintained year round, even during such a trying time as a worldwide pandemic, when special care should be taken to ensure irrigation systems are in working order.

Woman throwing fruits and vegetables into trash bin

May 27, 2020 3 minute read

Cut Down on Food Waste During COVID-19

Reducing organic food waste has become even more vital during the novel coronavirus pandemic, as disruptions in food supply has resulted in excess produce overrunning local landfills.

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May 13, 2020 2 minute read

Organic Gardening in the Time of COVID-19

Organic gardening is undergoing something of a renaissance due to recent upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging many to turn to growing their own fruits and vegetables.

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April 22, 2020 2 minute read

Cost Comparison: Organic vs. Inorganic Soil

Though organic soil is generally a bit more pricey than its inorganic counterpart, the benefits derived from such an investment are worthwhile in cultivating a healthy environment for plants and produce to flourish.

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April 08, 2020 1 minute read

Best Uses for Organic Soil

Organic soil has been proven a viable option for nurturing plants ranging from flowers to vegetables, and everything in between, providing needed nutrients to ensure these seedlings flourish.

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March 25, 2020 1 minute read

Organic Soil Amendments, Defined

Amendments are intended to systematically improve the nutrient structure of organic soil by increasing its ability to hold oxygen, retain moisture, and provide adequate drainage.

Hands with Organic soil and sprouting plant in them

March 15, 2020 2 minute read

Organic Soil vs. Compost

Though the terms are often used interchangeably, organic soil serves to support plant life, while compost is typically used to enrich the soil itself.

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March 05, 2020 2 minute read

How Is Organic Soil Made?

Organic soil is crafted by perfecting a delicate balance of weathered rock, water, air, and decomposed organic matter to achieve optimal levels of drainage, aeration, and support for plant life.


February 24, 2020 1 minute read

What Is Organic Soil?

Organic soil is composed primarily of plant materials, and often amended with compost to ensure its nutrient levels are optimized to cultivate plant life.

LI Compost - Gourmet Food for your Garden - Hands holding soil next to pile of compost

June 24, 2019 2 minute read

Spotlight: Long Island Compost Soil Projects

Long Island Compost custom-engineered soil has been integral to projects throughout the New York metro area, from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Columbus Circle.

NY Senate speaks on importance of reducing food waste

April 29, 2019 3 minute read

AOE's Anaerobic Digester Factors Into NYS Budget

New York's 2020 budget mandates the largest food waste generators recycle or donate, with American Organic Energy's anaerobic digester a prime destination.

AOE Logo shown over image of sprouting grass

April 04, 2019 2 minute read

Benefits of Topdressing Your Lawn This Spring

Topdressing, the process of applying sand or a prepared soil mixture to the surface of a lawn, ideally during the growth seasons of spring and autumn, is designed to improve soil structure, promote root growth, and maintain the integrity of the drainage properties.

Overhead view of Rendering of AOE plant

March 25, 2019 3 minute read

LIPA Approves American Organic Energy Anaerobic Digester Facility

The Long Island Power Authority approved an $84 million contract to purchase power from American Organic Energy's proposed anaerobic digester, which will convert food waste into sustainable energy and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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March 11, 2019 4 minute read

Green Roofs in Action: Spotlight on The Visionaire

Long Island Compost has designed custom soil mixes for numerous municipal and green roof projects in the Long Island and New York City area, among these, The Visionaire in Battery Park City—the first LEED Platinum-certified apartment building in The Big Apple.

Green roof setup on top of building

February 12, 2019 2 minute read

Winter Wear: Maintaining Your Green Roof in Cold Weather

Green roofs require careful maintenance during winter months, including snow removal, re-caulking damaged seals, cleaning drains and gutters, and more.

AOE Logo on top of image with family filling plates with food

January 21, 2019 3 minute read

How to Minimize Food Waste at Home

By making shopping lists, planning dinner menus, and understanding the shelf life of perishable items, we can each take steps to minimize food waste at home and help alleviate this growing global concern.

AOE Logo on top of image of man looking at canned products in supermarket

January 02, 2019 3 minute read

Wasted: Changing the World, One Head of Lettuce at a Time

American Organic Energy was recently recognized for its revolutionary initiatives in the anaerobic digestion industry in the landmark documentary, Wasted: The Story of Food Waste from executive producer Anthony Bourdain.

Birds eye view of city buildings at night

December 26, 2018 2 minute read

How Green Roofs Help Conserve Energy During the Winter Months

Green roofs help to conserve substantial energy through natural insulation provided by custom soil mixtures and the plants that thrive in them, reducing heating costs during the winter months.

AOE Logo on top of overhead shot of full table of friends eating with full plates

December 05, 2018 4 minute read

Beyond the Dinner Table: Holiday Food Waste

Shopping smart, paying attention to food labels, making the most of leftovers and learning about the many benefits of anaerobic digestion are all ways to help reduce food waste, and even transform any scraps into a cleaner, healthier future for us all.

Charles Vigliotti- The Man Behind the Mission

October 24, 2018 3 minute read

Charles Vigliotti: The Man Behind the Mission

Charles Vigliotti is the co-founder of American Organic Energy, an innovative company with a rich history as a leader in the compost industry. We learned about the man behind the mission and how he intends to change the way we process organic waste on a massive scale.

Close up of bee on flower petal

October 17, 2018 4 minute read

Buzzworthy: How Green Roofs Can Save Bees

Green roofs are an ideal solution to the steadily declining bee population, providing natural habitats replete with colorful flora for these all-important pollinators.

Side view of trash pile in dump

September 21, 2018 3 minute read

Global Annual Food Waste to Top 2.1B Tons by 2030, Warns Report

A recent study by Boston Consulting Group foretells of a worldwide 'food waste disaster' with global implications, underscoring the critical importance of utilizing anaerobic digester facilities, such as American Organic Energy, to process organic waste and divert food scraps from landfills.

Side view of vegetable produce at local market

July 24, 2018 3 minute read

New York State DEC Announces $4M in Food Waste Recycling Grants

Grant funding will help facilitate and expand the state's diversion of food waste from restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and colleges to food banks, organics recycling centers and anaerobic digestion facilities, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, feed the hungry, and protect the environment.

Charles Vigliotti speaking at Vision Long Island

June 15, 2018 2 minute read

American Organic Energy CEO Charles Vigliotti Recognized for ‘Environmental Leadership’

American Organic Energy CEO Charles Vigliotti recently won the prestigious 2018 Smart Growth Awards 'Environmental Leadership' prize at Vision Long Island's annual ceremony recognizing eco-friendly innovators.

Golfer post swing on beautiful golf course

June 01, 2018 4 minute read

Aim for the Green: Compost & Renewables Revolutionize Golf Courses

Topdressing golf courses with eco-friendly compost, engineered soil and all-natural fertilizer holds significant benefits, including helping to prevent soil and grass degradation, improve fertility, and safeguard against turf diseases.

Plant sprouting in soil with sun glare

April 30, 2018 4 minute read

AOE Begins Onboarding Partners to its Anaerobic Digester Project

Partnering with American Organic Energy and its anaerobic digester helps reduce food waste, prevent harmful greenhouse gases, and safeguard our collective futures, overall.

Tree growing on green roof building

April 18, 2018 6 minute read

Battling Climate Change, One Green Roof at a Time

Green roofs utilizing custom-designed soil are effective weapons in the war against climate change, air and water pollution, and escalating energy costs.

Atlas Recycling Truck

March 21, 2018 4 minute read

Studies Highlight Significant Carbon Reductions & Eco-Friendly Transport Fuel Creation via Anaerobic Digestion

U.S. Department of Energy case studies exploring the production of renewable natural gas via anaerobic digestion to power transportation fleets project a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, among other environmentally friendly benefits.

AOE plant overhead view

March 06, 2018 2 minute read

Anaerobic Digestion Gaining Popularity & Steam

From U.S.-based grocery giant Kroger to England's Royal Family, more and more companies and countries are adopting the eco-friendly, energy-efficient methodology of anaerobic digestion.

Charles Vigliotti Global receiving Game Changer Award

February 26, 2018 2 minute read

American Organic Energy CEO Charles Vigliotti Recognized as 'Global Game Changer'

Prestigious award from global nonprofit Biogas Academy honors American Organic Energy CEO Charles Vigliotti as environmental visionary transforming the world through anaerobic digestion biogas technology.

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February 01, 2018 10 minute read

Anaerobic Digestion, Explained

Anaerobic digestion is a series of biological reactions whereby microorganisms break down organic matter in the absence of oxygen, with biogas its chief result.

Golf Course landscape

January 23, 2018 2 minute read

Topdressing Golf Courses with Rich Compost

Superintendents are rediscovering the lost art of non-chemical course maintenance.

Compost being poured into bucket

January 17, 2018 3 minute read

NYLCV Puts Food Recycling and Recovery Act at Top of 2018 Agenda

This Act is intended to align New York State with the existing food recovery initiatives in New York City and facilitate the expansion and construction of collection facilities throughout the state.

Green roof flower bed with plants on green grass

January 02, 2018 3 minute read

NYC Green Roof Design: Getting it Right the First Time

The green roof trend is officially upon us, and there is no shortage of aesthetically beautiful examples popping up around the world.

Wasted - The Story of Food Waste graphic

December 21, 2017 3 minute read

Powerful New Doc Highlights How Food Waste Contributes to Climate Change

Natural disasters have ignited provocative discussions on climate change. A new film explores how food waste is directly related to changes in the atmosphere.

Rendering of buildings with green roofs

December 12, 2017 2 minute read

What’s Driving the Green Roof Trend?

While green roofs are indeed a more recent trend, the environmental philosophy behind them is by no means a new idea.

America Recycle Days - November 15th Graphic

November 15, 2017 4 minute read

‘America Recycles Day’ Celebrates Eco-friendly Economic Impacts of ‘Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’

November 15th is America Recycles Day and celebrates the countless positive impacts of eco-friendly recycling processes, such as anaerobic digestion.

The impact of the 4th industrial revolution on the waste management sector - text graphic

October 12, 2017 4 minute read

New Global Analysis Highlights Impacts of ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ on Waste Management & Recycling Industry

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will significantly impact waste management, says a report released in conjunction with the Wastecon/ISWA World Congress 2017.

Side by Side of rake stuck in dirt and produce at a local market

September 18, 2017 3 minute read

AOE & Other Anaerobic Digester Facilities Protect Environment By Transforming Organic Waste Into Fertilizer & Clean Energy

One way to convert organic waste into renewable energy is through anaerobic digestion. One company doing just that is American Organic Energy.

Vegetables and fruit on a table

August 23, 2017 3 minute read

Proposal to Expand NYC Organic Waste Collection Program Would Divert 50K More Tons of Food Waste Annually to Renewable Energy Facilities

A NYC Sanitation proposal to expand organic waste collection to more commercial food establishments would divert an additional 50K tons of food waste annually.

NY Times Graphic - Garbage Blob in the City with text - How NY is turning food waste into compost and gas

July 06, 2017 3 minute read

NY Times Highlights NYC’s Ever-Growing Organic Waste Program

A pilot program, initially launched in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, aims for a 90 percent or more commercial waste reduction by 2030.

NY Times image - The Compost King of New York with photo of Charles Vigliotti

February 15, 2017 1 minute read

NY Times Magazine Features American Organic Energy's Charles Vigliotti

New York Times Magazine offers a comprehensive profile of AOE’s chief Executive Charles Vigliotti in “The Compost King of New York.”

Hands holding soil next to compost pile

January 30, 2017 1 minute read

American Organic Energy to Play Role in Proposed NY Commercial Organics Plan

American Organic Energy is poised to play a major role in New York State’s newly proposed commercial organic recycling requirement.

NY DECA Approves AOE plan with rendering of AOE

January 19, 2017 1 minute read

DEC Approves Construction of Landmark Facility in Yaphank

The New York State DEC has approved American Organic Energy’s permit to construct an innovative solid waste management facility at its Yaphank location.

NYC Zero Waste Logo on top of image of garbage cans

January 11, 2017 0 minute read

Queens Courier Reports Brooklyn's Organic Waste to be Processed by American Organic Energy

The city will collect organic waste in Brooklyn and parts of Queens and transport it to American Organic Energy’s anaerobic digester facility in Yaphank.

NYC Organics Collection Can

August 08, 2016 1 minute read

Citizens Budget Commission Cites Proposed Yaphank Facility as Key in Solving for Organic Waste Disposal Challenges in NY Region

The Citizens Budget Commission issued a report outlining areas of improvement in waste management and recommended steps toward rectifying these challenges.

Rendering of AOE Visitor Center

July 25, 2016 1 minute read

Louis Perry Group to Provide Engineering Services for AOE's Anaerobic Digester Facility

American Organic Energy announced today that it has solidified its core engineering team to construct its anaerobic digester facility.

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June 15, 2016 0 minute read

American Organic Energy Proud to Attend CCE's Environmental Equinox Awards Gala

American Organic Energy was thrilled to take part in the annual Citizens Campaign for the Environment Environmental Equinox Awards Gala gala.

Workers look from afar at AOE plant

May 06, 2016 0 minute read

Brookhaven National Lab Visits American Organic Energy Site

Charles and Arnold Vigliotti, co-founders of American Organic Energy, gave a tour of Yaphank facility to employees of Brookhaven National Lab.

OMRI Listed for Organic Use Logo - over faded image of grass

March 14, 2016 0 minute read

Long Island Compost Gets Approval Status from the Organic Materials Review Institute

Long Island Compost, Long Island’s leading provider of organic materials and products, has been reviewed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).

Innovate LI Logo over image of cows grazing

February 10, 2016 0 minute read

Innovate LI on American Organic Energy’s Forthcoming Anaerobic Digester

Innovate LI calls American Organic Energy’s forthcoming anaerobic digester “one of New York State’s most innovative and ambitious sustainable-energy projects.”

AOE choosed GE water as technology provider text image with GE logo

January 13, 2016 1 minute read

American Organic Energy Chooses GE Water as Technology Provider

American Organic Energy chooses GE Water as its technology provider on the road to transforming Long Island food waste processing and becoming a sustainable leader.

The Island Now logo over image of AOE site rendering

January 11, 2016 1 minute read

American Organic Energy, Other Sustainability Projects Praised in Local Pub

American Organic Energy's proposed anaerobic digester facility praised as key infrastructure project for sustainability on Long Island.

Text Graphic - Energy Vision - 2015 Award Recipient: American Organic Energy

October 15, 2015 1 minute read

American Organic Energy to Receive Energy Leadership Award

American Organic Energy is set to receive the Energy Leadership Award.

Citizens Campaign logo - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation logo - NYS Logo over rendering of AOE site

September 10, 2015 3 minute read

American Organic Energy’s Anaerobic Digester Praised By Environmentalists, Local & State Officials

Charles Vigliotti, president and founder of American Organic Energy, is known as an environmental champion for sustainable energy here on Long Island.

Newsday Coverage of AOE Anaerobic Digester - Headline Yaphank composter building $40 million digester to turn food waste into natural gas

September 03, 2015 0 minute read

Newsday Coverage of AOE Anaerobic Digester

Newsday’s Mark Harrington reported that Long Island Compost and American Organic Energy are “taking the next steps” toward modernizing LI Compost’s facility.

Politico New York Headline - State announces enormous trash digester for Long Island - with rendering of AOE site

September 03, 2015 0 minute read

Politico’s David Giambusso Interviews American Organic Energy President Charles Vigliotti

Politico released a comprehensive article on the proposed anaerobic digester to be constructed by American Organic Energy in Yaphank, Long Island.

Governor Cuomo Close Up

September 01, 2015 2 minute read

Governor Cuomo Announces Support of Long Island Anaerobic Digester Initiative

Governor Cuomo announced support for plans to erect an anaerobic digester that will revamp Long Island’s outdated and unsustainable food waste system.

June 16, 2015 1 minute read

New York: Making Strides in Converting Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas

As a pioneer in converting organic waste to renewable natural gas, the metro area is primed to continue its leadership the development of biogas.

AOE Logo over rendering of AOE plant

June 03, 2015 0 minute read

Charles Vigliotti Speaks at Energy Vision Conference [Video]

Charles Vigliotti led a discussion on the ways American Organic Energy is revolutionizing food waste disposal on Long Island.

Construction equipment climbing giant hills of soil

May 29, 2015 1 minute read

Charles Vigliotti, President of American Organic Energy, Discusses “The Power of Waste”

American Organic Energy President Charles Vigliotti discussed the ways in which AOE is revolutionizing food waste disposal on Long Island.

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May 12, 2015 1 minute read

Citizens Campaign for the Environment Supports American Organic Energy

Building an anaerobic digester on Long Island is a critical component to a successful Long Island solid waste management plan.