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2013 Speaker Series - November 20

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Composting and Community Resilience
Based on the findings of two recent reports from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (ILSR) ‘Composting Makes $en$e Project – Pay Dirt and Building Healthy Soils with Compost to Protect Watersheds’, this presentation will feature new research on the jobs sustained through composting and compost use in Maryland. ILSR found, for instance, that 1,400 new full-time jobs could potentially be supported for every 1 million tons of yard trim and food scraps converted into compost to be used locally in green infrastructure and low-impact development. Attendees will also learn about growing markets for compost and its benefits for protecting the climate, enhancing soil, and building community resilience.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Location: Board Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CM: 1.5 hours
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Biography: 

Brenda Platt, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self Reliance 

Brenda Platt has worked 27 years fighting trash burners and promoting waste reduction, recycling and composting, particularly recycling-based jobs.  She currently directs ILSR’s Composting Makes $en$e project and its Sustainable Plastics project, and co-chairs the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative, a coalition dedicated to spurring the introduction and use of bio-based products that are sustainable from cradle to cradle.

Ms. Platt 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 most recent report, Pay Dirt, documents the importance of composting and compost use to enhance soils, protect watersheds, reduce waste, and create jobs. She has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University and is licensed to operate commercial compost facilities in Maryland.

Ms. Platt is a member of the US Composting Council and chairs 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.