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Oh, Rats! How to Avoid Rodents at Community Composting Sites

Oh, Rats! How to Avoid Rodents at Community Composting Sites

Sophia Hosain

August 29, 2022

Contrary to popular belief, composting in cities does not cause rodent problems. This guide shows how composting food scraps, instead of dumping them in the trash, has the power to mitigate rodent pressures in urban neighborhoods.  READ MORE


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Catalyzing Greater Equity Through Composting

Catalyzing Greater Equity Through Composting

Linda Bilsens Brolis

September 19, 2022

How can a community reeling from multiple economic shocks use composting as a tool to build a more resilient food system? ILSR’s Linda Bilsens Brolis talks to Renee V. Wallace of Detroit about composting as a tool for building equity a  READ MORE


Media Release: New Guide Helps Home and Community Composters Prevent Rats

Media Release: New Guide Helps Home and Community Composters Prevent Rats

Reggie Rucker

August 29, 2022

A newly released guide from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) aims to support composters at community gardens, schools, urban farms, and other community venues in successfully managing their composting process to prevent attracting rodents.  READ MORE


As Heat Islands Worsen in Baltimore, Local Composting Can Relieve Its Effects

As Heat Islands Worsen in Baltimore, Local Composting Can Relieve Its Effects

Sophia Hosain

August 9, 2022

Across the U.S., the effects of 2022’s record high heat temperatures are widespread as climate change continues to exacerbate rising temperatures, intensifying heat-induced dangers to the public health and wellbeing of urban communities, Baltimore included. While the corporate sector is r  READ MORE


Vox: Climate fixes are all aimed at property owners. What about renters?

Vox: Climate fixes are all aimed at property owners. What about renters?

Reggie Rucker

July 27, 2022

Linda Bilsens Brolis, senior project manager for the Composting for Community Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains how renters can take an active role in combating climate change through composting.  READ MORE


Popular Science: The US stinks at composting. Here’s how we can change that.

Popular Science: The US stinks at composting. Here’s how we can change that.

Reggie Rucker

June 15, 2022

ILSR Composting for Community director Brenda Platt explains to Popular Science how we can make composting more ubiquitous in the United States.  READ MORE