Linda Bilsens Brolis

Linda Bilsens Brolis

Linda Bilsens Brolis

Speaker and Workshop Instructor | Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Washington, DC |

Linda Bilsens Brolis is the Project Manager for ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Trainer Program. The NSR program is a replicable train-the-trainer program that was designed as a model for composter training programs throughout the country and to bolster community-scale composting nationwide. Her work with ILSR began in December 2013 with an initial focus on state food waste recovery policies. She then led a nationwide survey of Master Composter training programs, and has managed the NSR since it launched in 2014. Linda has coordinated and led dozens of composting classes around the country based on the NSR program. She is the lead author of ILSR’s March 2019 report, Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices, and is now developing a national NSR program replication toolkit. She is a certified Compost Facility Operator in Maryland, and has trained with the internationally renowned Lubkes in Austria, who specialize in high-quality compost. Linda has a B.S. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Session Name: Rural and Urban Community Composting

Session Time: Thursday, January 30, 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Presentation Title: Rural and Urban Partnerships Benefit Community and Industrial Composters

Presentation Description: Interest for composting services is growing in cities around the country. While urban centers are rich in organic materials, they often lack the physical space on which to site composting facilities. This can pose challenges for cities and municipalities that want to begin organics collection programs, or urban-focused haulers looking to provide organics collection services. offering services to urban clients. Solutions exist via distributed small scale processing sites via community composting, as well as partnerships between urban collectors and rural processors. This panel will explore various types of arrangements and partnerships that are helping to fill the need for composting of urban organics. Panelists may include: Compost Cab in Washington, DC; Compost Know in Atlanta; OffBeet Compost in Lowell, MA, and Scraps in Denver.

Workshop Time: Tuesday, January 28, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Workshop Title: Community Food Scrap Composting—Path To Success

Workshop Description: This in-depth and interactive training for community food scrap composters is designed for small-scale operators and local government interested in supporting their efforts. The technical aspects of community composting to be covered include: 1) Siting and planning small scale operations—locations include community gardens, schools, businesses, churches, food pantries, farms, recreational areas, housing developments; 2) “System Support”—compost team/staff recruitment, retention, duties, and training; communication (team, site, signage); identifying community or neighborhood resources, strengths, opportunities, and challenges; building community support and good neighbor practices; and fundraising; 3) Community Scale Compost Systems—from windrows to tumblers to worm bins; 4) Sizing operations to stay within state regulations and how this translates into site and system needs, capacity, volunteer/staff duties; 5) Sourcing the right materials; and 6) Ensuring success: BMPs – from site inspection to process management. Community composting specifics for urban and rural/small town will be integrated into the discussion.