Philly Launches Community Composting Network With Help from ILSR

Date: 22 Nov 2019 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Brenda Platt

November 21, 2019

Media Outlet: The Philadelphia Citizen

The city of Pennsylvania launched its first Community Composting Network that will turn food and yard waste  into nutrient-rich plant food. The Philadelphia Citizen featured the launch of the pilot program including the two day-long training session for Philly’s composting pioneers. Brenda Platt, ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative Director, who led the second of the day-long training sessions along with ILSR’s Linda Bilsens, explained how crucial training the composting leaders is to ensure the success of the new program.

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s crucial that these composting leaders are well-trained, which is why in 2014, the Institute for Local Self Reliance’s (ILSR) D.C. office, launched their Composting for Community initiative and much-needed Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders training program, which has been replicated across the country. “Composting is not rocket science,” says Brenda Platt, director of ILSR’s Composting for Community project, “but you still need to know what you’re doing.”…“In the face of seemingly intractable environmental problems, the new behavioral science indicates that you have to give people, particularly youth, impactful work to do,” says Platt. “Composting is a key, short term strategy for addressing climate issues and it’s one of the few things everyone can do.”

Read the full story here.