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Brenda Platt is the Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and heads up its Sustainable Plastics and Composting Makes $en$e projects.

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2015

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Composter Training Course

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/neighborhoodsoilrebuildersadvancedcomposter/

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders is a community composter training program with a community service component. It was developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and ECO City Farms to build on the Master Composter model in order to train a new cadre of community leaders in the art and science of community composting. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2015

Brenda Platt: State of Composting Presentation – Maryland 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-state-of-composting-presentation-maryland-2015/

ILSR co-director, Brenda Platt, gave a presentation at the Maryland Recycling Network’s 2015 Annual Conference.  Her talk, State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How, provided and update and overview of ILSR’s report that documents what is currently happening in organics management across the U.S. View or download Brenda’s presentation to the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2014

ILSR Presenting on Food Waste Composting to Philadelphia City Council – Nov. 12th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-presenting-food-waste-composting-philadelphia-city-council-nov-12th/

ILSR’s Brenda Platt will be presenting on the benefits of food waste composting before the The Joint Committees on Streets and Services & The Environment of the Council of the City of Philadelphia on November 12th.   The public hearing will cover the feasibility of and benefits to the City of residential food waste recycling including… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Second National Cultivating Community Composting Forum – October 25th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cultivating-community-composting-forum/

ILSR is pleased to announce — along with co-organizers BioCycle and Civic Works — the second national Cultivating Community Composting, a day-long forum (10:00 AM-4:30 PM) on October 25th, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Like the first forum (held in Columbus, Ohio), this event will bring together composters to network, share best practices, and build support… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

Webinar September 16, 2014 – Community Composting: Lessons from NYC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/webinar-september-16-2014-community-composting-lessons-nyc/

ILSR’s Brenda Platt presented at a free webinar, “Community Composting:  Lessons from New York City & Beyond,” on September 16, 2014. Community composting presents a scalable food diversion option that is applicable in virtually any community, whether urban, suburban, or rural. Community compost programs can be established at community (neighborhood, urban, or tribal) gardens, farms,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Size Matters! New Report Shows The Value of Small-Scale, Community-Based Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/growing-local-fertility/

Composting can take place at many levels – backyard, block, neighborhood, schoolyard, community, on-farm, and regional – and in urban, suburban, and rural areas.  Composting at the local level circulates dollars in the community, promotes social inclusion and empowerment, greens neighborhoods, builds healthy soils, supports local food production and food security, embeds a culture of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

State of Composting in the U.S.: What, Why, Where & How

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/state-of-composting/

Composting is a proven approach to reduce waste and build soil health and fertility. Amending soil with compost improves its quality and structure and thus its ability to withstand the impacts of extreme weather, from severe droughts to heavy rainfall. When added to soil, compost enhances water retention, controls erosion, and stems sedimentation and stormwater… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/size-matters-report-shows-small-scale-community-based-composting/

ILSR’s July 2014 report, Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting, describes successful initiatives, their benefits, tips for replication, key start-up steps, and the need for private, public, and nonprofit sector support. Produced in collaboration with the Highfields Center for Composting in Hardwick, Vermont, Growing Local Fertility profiles 31 model programs in 14 states… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/state-composting-us-what-why/

State of Composting in the U.S., published in July 2014, is the first comprehensive review of composting basics, national and state statistics, job generation data, model programs, and policy opportunities. The report calls for a national soils strategy and for new rules and programs to grow composting, especially at the local community level: streamlined permitting… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jun 17, 2014

Brenda Platt Presenting At Maryland Recycling Network – June 19, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-presenting-maryland-recycling-network-june-1-2014/

ILSR co-Director, Brenda Platt, is speaking on a zero waste panel on June 19, 2014, at the Maryland Recycling Network’s annual conference.   Her presentation, “The State of Composting in the U.S.,” will highlight cutting edge composting programs around the country.  Management and reduction of organics in our waste streams is a hot topic for many… Continue reading