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Brenda Platt is the Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and heads up its Sustainable Plastics and Composting Makes $en$e projects.

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

Brenda Platt to Speak at 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speak-3rd-annual-national-waste-business-conference/

Learn practical and impactful approaches to “Creating Value Through Zero Waste,” the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference, May 6-9, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. Register at the USZWBC website www.uszwbc.org [NOTE: ILSR readers can get a 20% discount using the discount code nzwbc14ilsr if you register by March 21st] The conference… Continue reading

Brenda at DC PS hearing 1-8-14
Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Ten Ways to Strengthen DC’s Proposed Ban on Polystyrene

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ten-ways-strengthen-dcs-proposed-ban-polystyrene-2/

Last week the DC City Council held a public hearing on Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013 (Bill 20-573), which aims to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for District residents.  Brenda Platt, director of ILSR’s Sustainable Plastics and Composting Makes $en$e projects, testified in support of the bill’s ban… Continue reading

PS cups at party
filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Sample Legislative Language from Select Cities Restricting Polystyrene Use in Foodservice Ware

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sample-legislative-language-select-cities-restricting-polystyrene-foodservice-ware/

Exemptions for Undue Hardships San Francisco “Any person may seek a waiver from the requirements of Section 1604 of this Chapter by filing a request on a form specified by the City Administrator. The City Administrator, consistent with this Chapter, may waive any specific requirement of this Chapter for a period of up to one… Continue reading

Polystyrene clamshells trash
filed under General | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Reasons to Restrict Polystyrene for Foodservice Ware in Washington, DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/reasons-restrict-polystyrene-foodservice-ware/

WHEREAS, the District of Columbia has a duty to protect the natural environment, the economy, and the health of its citizens; and WHEREAS, single-use disposable polystyrene plastics are widespread, persistent environmental pollutants; and WHEREAS, polystyrene food ware is commonly used by foodservice establishments in the District of Columbia; WHEREAS, polystyrene constitutes a significant portion of… Continue reading

Say no to styrfoam YAC poster
filed under General | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Ten Ways to Strengthen Passage and Impact of DC’s Proposed Ban on Expanded Polystyrene

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ten-ways-strengthen-dcs-proposed-ban-polystyrene/

Implement earlier than January 1, 2018: Consider making this part of the bill effective within one year of passage.  This is typical of the dozens of laws passed by other jurisdictions including Santa Monica County (effective 1 year after passage), San Francisco (effective 7 months after passage), and Seattle (effective 6 months after passage). Allow… Continue reading

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filed under General | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Health Implications of Polystyrene

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/health-implications-polystyrene-2/

Polystyrene is made from the styrene monomer, which is a known neurotoxicant and was elevated in 2011 from being a possible human carcinogen to being reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. [See the US Department of Health and Human Services, 12th Report on Carcinogens (2011), which is a congressionally mandated, science-based, public health document… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2014

Health Implications of Polystyrene

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/health-implications-polystyrene/

Polystyrene is made from the styrene monomer, which is a known neurotoxicant and was elevated in 2011from being a possible human carcinogen to being reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.1 This means there is a huge body of evidence now linking styrene to human cancers. No polymerization process is 100% efficient, so styrene remains in… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Composting and Community Resilience – Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/composting-community-resilience-presentation/

Composting and Community Resilience, is a presentation by Brenda Platt, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Brenda spoke on November 20, 2013, at a speaker series organized by the Prince George’s County Planning Department. Based on the findings of two recent ILSR reports from the Composting Makes $en$e Project, the presentation features new research on… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2013

Brenda Platt Talks Bioplastics on Toxic Free Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/brenda-platt-talks-bioplastics-toxic-free-radio/

On November 6, 2013, Debra Lynn Dadd’s Toxic Free Talk Radio Show had ILSR’s Brenda Platt as a guest representing the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative and talking about bioplastics. Brenda is Director of the Sustainable Plastics Initiative, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (www.sustainablebiomaterials.org), and co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, based in Washington, DC…. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2013

National Capital Region Organics Task Force

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/national-capital-region-organics-task-force/

The National Capital Region Organics Task Force is a group of government, public interest, institutional and business representatives working to expand recovery, full capture and utilization of organic materials in the metropolitan Washington, DC region. The Task Force is chaired by: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) John Snarr, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments… Continue reading