Director, Composting for Community Initiative, ILSR

Brenda Platt leads the Composting for Community Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), where she has worked 36 years promoting zero waste, non-burn solutions to trash. She has authored dozens of reports including “Cutting the Waste Stream in Half,” “Stop Trashing the Climate,” and “Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting,” and is nationally known for her work documenting the jobs through reuse, recycling, and composting. Her current focus is advancing local composting to enhance soils, protect the climate, and foster healthy communities. In 2017, the US Composting Council awarded her its H. Clark Gregory Award for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts.

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