Brenda Platt on May 25th: Composting to reduce waste, create jobs and fight climate change

Envision Frederick County and the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood College are very pleased to invite you to join us for a free presentation by Brenda Platt as part of our ongoing speaker series.

Brenda Platt is the Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and, among other things, heads up its Composting Makes $en$e and Composting for Community projects.

Her highly engaging and informative presentation will focus on composting, and will clearly illustrate why expanding this too often under-appreciated activity, at home and in our communities, is a practical, possible and important choice we can make — a genuine win-win approach with real benefits for our soil, the Chesapeake Bay, our economy and the fight against climate change.

The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th, at 7:00pm, in the Whitaker Commons (in the Whitaker Campus Center) at Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland (see below for map). The doors open half an hour earlier, at 6:30, for those who want to meet Brenda, socialize with each other or review some available materials.

With both the City of Frederick and Frederick County currently evaluating ways to greatly expand composting efforts, this is a particularly timely presentation.

More about Brenda…

Brenda has worked 30 years fighting trash burners and promoting waste reduction, recycling and composting, particularly recycling-based jobs. She currently directs ILSR’s Composting Makes $en$e and Composting for Community projects, which are advancing locally based composting in order to create jobs, enhance soils, sequester carbon, reduce waste, and build more resilient and healthy communities.

She was recently honored with the US Composting Council’s prestigious H. Clark Gregory Award, “for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts.”

She is the author of several groundbreaking reports including Beyond 40 Percent: Record-Setting Recycling and Composting Programs and the U.S. EPA’s Cutting the Waste Stream in Half. Her 2000 report for the GrassRoots Recycling Network, Wasting and Recycling in the United States 2000, includes a 10-page zero waste agenda for action. Her 2003 report, Resources up in Flames outlined the economic pitfalls of incineration versus a zero waste approach. Her 2008 report, Stop Trashing the Climate, documents that aiming for zero waste is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. In 2013 she released Pay Dirt: Composting in Maryland to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs & Protect the Bay. Her most recent reports – published in 2014 – are The State of Composting in the U.S.: What, Why, Where, & How, and Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting.

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 is a member of 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 founded and co-chairs the National Capital Region Organics Task Force. She also co-leads a Young Activist Club in her community working to get styrofoam and other polystyrene out of schools and foodservice businesses.

Please plan on attending this presentation!

Thank you to the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood College for co-sponsoring this event!

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