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As Heat Islands Worsen in Baltimore, Local Composting Can Relieve Its Effects

As Heat Islands Worsen in Baltimore, Local Composting Can Relieve Its Effects

Sophia Hosain

August 9, 2022

Across the U.S., the effects of 2022’s record high heat temperatures are widespread as climate change continues to exacerbate rising temperatures, intensifying heat-induced dangers to the public health and wellbeing of urban communities, Baltimore included. While the corporate sector is responsible for the majority of emissions causing rapid climate change, there are some green infrastructure and waste-reduction practices to enlist at the local level that can help curb the impacts of the warming climate.  READ MORE


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Waste Dive: Surveying the corporate-controlled EPR landscape in 2022

Waste Dive: Surveying the corporate-controlled EPR landscape in 2022

Neil Seldman

June 23, 2022

Neil Seldman, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative is published at Waste Dive detailing how corporate dominance over municipal recycling has proven to be a recipe for disaster.  READ MORE


The 2022 REBUILD Act: Building Deconstruction and the Revitalization of Baltimore Communities

The 2022 REBUILD Act: Building Deconstruction and the Revitalization of Baltimore Communities

Neil Seldman

June 23, 2022

Stephanie Compton and Dante Swinton, Energy Justice Network, a national organization based in Philadelphia with a long record of work in Baltimore, are working to extend the impact of deconstruction on Baltimore as an extension of EJN’s efforts to close the downtown garbage incinerator, increase recycling through block leader programs a  READ MORE


Model State Legislation: Funding Waste Diversion and On-Farm Composting via a Disposal Surcharge

Model State Legislation: Funding Waste Diversion and On-Farm Composting via a Disposal Surcharge

Sophia Jones

June 15, 2022

A per-ton surcharge on waste disposed is a funding mechanism with a proven track record of raising funds to reduce and recycle waste. This model bill serves to address the need for state investment into waste reduction and diversion programs and infrastructure by establishing major grant funding based on a  READ MORE


Popular Science: The US stinks at composting. Here’s how we can change that.

Popular Science: The US stinks at composting. Here’s how we can change that.

Reggie Rucker

June 15, 2022

ILSR Composting for Community director Brenda Platt explains to Popular Science how we can make composting more ubiquitous in the United States.  READ MORE


The Highest Form of Recycling

The Highest Form of Recycling

Neil Seldman

June 9, 2022

...material reuse through for-profit and nonprofit operations is a mechanism for the redistribution of material wealth. The businesses also have a positive impact on job creation, community development and the environment. “Reuse is the highest form of recycling because finished products are revived and their productive purpose is extended,” said Dan Kna  READ MORE