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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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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 20, 2014

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Composter Training Course in DC-MD

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

The Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders training program is a community composter train-the-trainer program with a community service component. This program was developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and ECO City Farms and is offered in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. To apply: To apply for our fall 2014 training in DC-MD (November 1st… 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

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

Webinar: The Power of Community Composting

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

To kick off International Compost Awareness Week, ILSR and Highfields Center for Composting held a “The Power of Community Composting” webinar on May 5th at 4 pm. Brenda Platt, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Composting Makes $en$e project, presented. More information see here Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

Brenda Platt to Speak at 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speak-3rd-annual-national-waste-business-conference/

Learn practical and impactful approaches to “Creating Value Through Zero Waste,” the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference, May 6-9, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. Register at the USZWBC website www.uszwbc.org [NOTE: ILSR readers can get a 20% discount using the discount code nzwbc14ilsr if you register by March 21st] The conference… Continue reading