Brenda Platt

Brenda Platt

Brenda Platt

Institute for Local Self-Reliance | "What’s New in Community Composting"

Washington, DC | bplatt@ilsr.org

Brenda Platt directs the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Composting for Community Initiative, which is advancing composting to create jobs, reduce waste, enhance soils, and sequester carbon. She has worked 34 years promoting zero waste, non-burn solutions to trash and has authored numerous reports, including “Stop Trashing the Climate,” “Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting,” “Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government,” and “The State of Composting in the U.S.” Brenda coordinates the Community Composter Coalition and is nationally known for her research documenting reuse, recycling, and composting jobs. She is a trained composter and trains others through ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program. In 2017, the US Composting Council awarded her its H. Clark Gregory Award for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts. She has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University.

Session Code: B4

Session Name: Positioning Community Composting: How to Succeed with Your Municipality

Session Time: Wed, January 27, Round 4, 3:00-4:15 PM EST

Session Description: Community composting has seen rapid growth over the past decade. Hear movement leaders share lessons learned that will be helpful to any group seeking to work with their local government.

Presentation Title: What’s New in Community Composting

Presentation Description: Overview of what constitutes community composting, its benefits to private & public sector composting programs, new developments in the field, connection to environmental justice & racial equity, and how the industry can support with partnerships, appropriately scale equipment, and more.