Submit Public Comment: Priority Climate Action Plans Need Zero Waste Solutions

Date: 14 Dec 2023 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Climate Pollution Reduction (CPR) Grants need to fund distributed recycling and composting. Tell your state and local government to include zero-waste solutions and local composting in their Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) today!

State and local government agencies are currently writing Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) to reduce GHG emissions and other harmful pollutants. Only activities included in these plans will be eligible for billions in federal funding through EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction (CPR) grants program. Submit public comments calling for the inclusion of Zero Waste solutions before the window closes

On this page:

  • Step-by-step guidance to advocate in your state
  • Step-by-step guidance to advocate in your locality
  • Draft language to submit public comments 
  • Our vision statement connecting waste to climate action

The CPR: Resuscitate the Climate – Stop Trashing It! campaign is a joint effort from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Zero Waste USA, and the National Recycling Coalition. 


How To Support Equitable Climate Solutions

Before you start: identify where you can advocate

  • You may be able to advocate in both your state and local MSA!


To Advocate in States

Step 1: Submit a public comment online, by email, or by joining a public planning event

Step 2: Sign up to receive information and stay updated on priority climate action plans and CPRG grants 

Step 3: Follow state social media pages to remain informed on available opportunities to participate


To Advocate Locally in MSAs

Step 1: Submit a public comment online, by email, or by joining a public planning event

  • Option 1: Find the MSA website
    • See if your MSA website is on the “MSAs” tab of this spreadsheet
      • Visit the local website to identify opportunities to submit public comments, join public planning events, or find contact information to reach out directly
    • If your MSA website is not located on the above resource, google the region/city name or the lead organization, along with keywords like “climate action plan” or “climate pollution reduction grants” or “CPRG”
  • Option 2: Locate Main Campaign Contact 

Step 2: Sign up to receive information and stay updated on priority climate action plans and CPRG grants 

  • Websites may have links to subscribe (or you can sign up for your state’s updates)

Step 3: Follow MSAs and lead organizations on social media to remain informed on available opportunities to participate


Draft Language You Can Use in Public Comments

“As a concerned citizen of [INSERT STATE/LOCALITY], I urge you to prioritize a zero-waste framework embedding waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting strategies rooted in and serving local communities in your Priority Climate Action Plan. These efforts will protect the climate while enhancing social equity, economic opportunities, food systems resilience, and quality of life.   

Specific zero-waste and local composting measures to include in the Priority Climate Action Plan:

  • Adopt zero-waste goals as a cross-cutting climate solution that builds equity and local economic development opportunities
  • Acknowledge the importance of reducing waste and materials consumption to climate protection
  • Support local decentralized food rescue and composting 
  • Help urban and rural farmers in producing and utilizing compost
  • Build an understanding of the connections of healthy soils to food system resilience
  • Fund and contract with existing independent reuse, recycling, and composting enterprises
  • Educate the public to reduce and conserve materials
  • Embrace a transition from single-use to durable products
  • Encourage reuse, repair, and repurpose projects
  • Commit to closing any trash incinerators and stemming the flow of materials to landfills
  • Promote reuse of building materials and reduce construction and demolition waste


Our Vision

Take a look at our vision statement highlighting the need for zero-waste goals and circular communities in climate action.








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Brenda Platt directs ILSR's Composting for Community project.

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Julia Spector

Julia Spector is the Research and Policy Associate for the Composting for Community Initiative. She works to amplify the team’s policy and advocacy efforts to advance community composting from the local to the federal level. Julia has dedicated her career to promoting social and racial justice, working at organizations focused on democracy, economic, and youth issues.