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About Brenda Platt

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

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Featured Article, Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

MD Bill Introduced That Names ILSR to State Task Force

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/initiativescompostingmd-hb743/

Maryland House Bill 743 – Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Task Force, sponsored by Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), would create a Task Force to identify means to promote investment in infrastructure to expand food waste recovery, evaluate the current recovery of food waste in Maryland, identify opportunities for expansion, and more. The Task Force… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2015

ILSR Sponsors the Third National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cultivating-community-composting-forum2016/

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces two events to be held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show in Jacksonville, Florida: Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop – January 25, 2016   Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2016- January 26, 2016 These events… Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2015

ILSR Offers Scholarships to Attend National Compost Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-offers-scholarships-to-attend-national-compost-conference/

Conference scholarships of up to $700 are available to community composters to attend the third National Cultivating Community Composting Forum and the US Composting Council’s International Conference & Trade Show January 25-28, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. Click here to apply for a scholarship This year, the conference, COMPOST2016: Soils for a Greener World, will feature… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Sep 28, 2015

Composting Best Practices – A guide for small scale composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/composting-best-practices/

WORKING VERSION 1.0 – October 1, 2015 Download a PDF Version of the Guide (ADD LINK) We welcome feedback from small-scale site operators and other interested parties on this guidance document.  What challenges are you facing? How have you addressed these? What lessons have you learned? What works? What does not? Please share feedback with… 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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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