Composting cuts greenhouse gas emissions, enhances the ability of soil to act as a carbon sink, and builds community resilience to climate disruptions.
Use our new graphic to share these benefits! It is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance).
infographic: how composting combats the climate crisis – institute for local self-reliance – institute for local self-reliance
Creative direction by Brenda Platt and art by Clarissa Libertelli
Data sources: ILSR produced this infographic largely based on data shared during our Compost Climate Connections Webinar Series. The amount of world carbon in the soil is from a 2020 statement from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw, available at World Soil Day 2020: Keep soil alive, protect biodiversity. The pie chart of US human-related methane emissions is based on 2020 numbers from the US EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).
 
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View our other compost posters and infographics:
Compost Impacts More Than You Think: ilsr.org/compost-impacts-posters/
Infographics: Compost for a Better Planetilsr.org/infographics-compost-better-planet/
Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community: ilsr.org/food-waste-hierarchy/
 
ILSR’s Compost Climate Connections Webinar Series
ILSR’s documented Model Policies on Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration
Marin Carbon Project
Compost – Combatting Climate Change, The Compost & Climate Connection (publication) US Composting Council
Project Drawdown – Composting Solutions
Unlocking the Potential of Soil Organic Carbon, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon, March 21-23, 2017 – Outcome Document.  Infographic on Soil and Climate Change.
The Soil Story (video)
The Story of Compost (video)
Kiss the Ground
How composting can reduce our impact on the planet, July 21, 2021 article, UN Environment Programme 
Organic Materials Management and Climate Change, CalRecycle
Organic Waste Composting Protocol, Climate Action Reserve
Climate-Smart Agriculture: Compost Amendments, Climate-Smart Agriculture Fact Sheet Series, California Climate Hub USDA 
Brenda Platt directs ILSR’s Composting for Community project.
Clarissa Libertelli is a Fellow with ILSR’s Composting for Community initiative, primarily working in graphic design. She is also currently working as Graphic Design Consultant for the Montgomery County Food Council and as a freelance artist. She received her Bachelor’s at the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and Political Science.
Brenda Platt directs ILSR’s Composting for Community project.
Clarissa Libertelli is a Fellow with ILSR’s Composting for Community initiative, primarily working in graphic design. She is also currently working as Graphic Design Consultant for the Montgomery County Food Council and as a freelance artist. She received her Bachelor’s at the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and Political Science.
Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste and Grow Community
Highlighting the importance of locally based composting solutions as a first priority over large-scale regional solutions.
Posters: Compost Impacts More Than You Think
Learn how composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs in our series of posters.
Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program
The NSR program trains community leaders to run composting projects that engage and serve their communities.
Composting for Community Map
Our map provides an interactive illustration of how communities pursue locally based composting capacity and enterprises.
Community Composting Webinars
In our webinar series, we explore a variety of topics relevant to community composters, from climate to hauling permits.
Composting for Community Podcast
Our podcast brings you stories from the people doing this work on the ground and in the soil.
Policy Library
Our library of local, state, and federal policies on composting and community development.
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