Waste to Wealth, 2016 in Review

Now that 2016 is firmly in the rearview mirror, we are looking back at some of the great work that we did in our Waste to Wealth initiative during the year. We’ve broken down some of our top content into … Read More

Next frontier in recycling: food

Local-based composting programs are growing in popularity across the United States, as municipalities are increasingly coming to realize that there is great value in the organic matter that exists in our trash. For this article in the Christian Science Monitor, journalist Lonnie Shekhtman cited our long-standing research into the growth of these programs.… Read More

Composting Cultivates Economic Development (Episode 7)

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Linda Bilsens, Project Manager of ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Program. … Read More

2016 World Soil Day: Benefits of Composting Infographic Posters

Date: 5 Dec 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

December 5th is World Soil Day, on this day we celebrate the eminent power of soil reinforced with compost. In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences declared December 5th as World Soil Day “to celebrate the importance of soil … Read More

Maryland’s Food Recovery Summit, A Review

Date: 4 Dec 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 30, 2016, members of ILSR’s Composting Makes Sense team attended the Maryland Food Recovery Summit. Brenda Platt was a vital part of organizing the summit, along with Hilary Miller and Kaley Laleker from the Maryland Department of the … Read More

Video: Compost Happens, But Training Matters​

Date: 23 Nov 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Composting is an age-old practice that still benefits our soils as much today as it did in ancient times. But, what many people may not know is that proper training matters in order to create this “black gold” both safely and effectively. At ILSR’s Composting … Read More

Video: Prospect Heights Community Farm Community Composting Feature

Date: 18 Nov 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we document and promote innovative uses of local power that can be used around the country. Community composting is a way that neighborhoods can take control of what could be waste, such as food scraps, and … Read More

Seeds of Hope

In February of 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama visited ILSR project manager Linda Bilsens’ backyard urban farm to demonstrate the benefit of growing and eating local. The home gardening magazine Clever Root details this visit and the prominence of the White House Kitchen Garden.… Read More

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