Join us for a webinar on July 17th, 2018 at 2p.m. EST to dive into the details of our new report, Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government. The report advocates for home composting programs as one of the best opportunities to reduce food waste, especially as they can be implemented relatively quickly and in areas lacking curbside organics collection or facilities to compost. Eleven programs were profiled, demonstrating a variety of ways to implement a home composting program.
This webinar will include the author and ILSR co-director Brenda Platt detailing the overall findings, as well as representatives from three of the profiled programs, sharing tips for replication and lessons learned.
Register here for the webinar or to receive a recording after the fact.
Brenda Platt is the co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. She has worked 31 years fighting trash burners and promoting waste reduction, recycling and composting, particularly recycling-based jobs. She currently directs ILSR’s Composting for Community project, which is advancing locally based composting in order to create jobs, enhance soils, sequester carbon, reduce waste, and build more resilient and healthy communities. She has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University. She is a trained composter and has been licensed in Maryland to operate commercial composting facilities. Ms. Platt is a member of the US Composting Council and its Environmental and Legislative Affairs Committee. She is a founding member of the GrassRoots Recycling Network and a past board member of the National Recycling Coalition and the Container Recycling Institute. She also co-led an award-winning Young Activist Club in her community that successfully worked to get styrofoam and other polystyrene out of schools and local foodservice businesses. In 2017, the US Composting Council awarded Brenda its H. Clark Gregory Award for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts.
Ron Neumond is a Waste Diversion Planner working on the Zero Waste Program Development Team with Austin Resource Recovery. Ron is currently the Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Composting Rebate Program. He also assists with Zero Waste research and policy development. His past experience includes environmental planning, community advocacy and market research. He’s a former faculty member of Design Institute of San Diego and an adjunct faculty member at Art Institute of Austin teaching Building Codes & Regulations as well as Sustainable and Environmental Design. Ron’s Masters work is in Urban and Regional Planning (emphasis in Environmental Policy and Land Use) from CalPoly, Pomona; and is a LEED AP in Neighborhood Development.
Carl Grimm is a senior planner at Metro where he works to eliminate health, environmental and equity impacts from products used and disposed in the Portland metropolitan region. He developed and managed the San Francisco home composting program in the 1990’s then went on to establish the Chicago Home Composting Program in 2005. At Metro, Carl led the natural gardening program for over a decade. He currently chairs Metro’s Integrated Pest Management Advisory Committee, coordinates the Adult Conservation Educator’s Northwest collaborative and plays leading advisory rolls in the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse, Oregon State University’s SolvePestProblems.org project and Oregon Flora’s Native Plant Gardening interactive database project. Carl lives and gardens in Portland with his wife and two sons, ages 4 and 7.
Ian Jurgensen has ten years project management experience in municipal government, environmental non-profits and fast paced design companies. His focus areas include solid waste sustainability, urban forestry programs, local food initiatives, energy use analysis, green construction and urban resilience. Currently, he manages sustainability programs and policy development for Mayor Dyer’s Green Works Initiative, including the backyard composting program.