Funded projects

Grants • Learning and Evaluation Investments

Food Scrap Compost Market-building

This project scales the local food scrap composting industry to build healthy soil, conserve water, protect water quality and sequester carbon. It will create demand for food scraps through education, policy and pilot projects, while driving infrastructure development and targeted investments. Building on previous work to increase institutional composting systems, Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) will implement food scrap composting at 14 Chicago Public School (CPS) sites and provide training to universities and hospitals on specific elements of food scrap diversion programs. To encourage municipal curbside food scrap composting programs, SGA will develop a how-to guide for implementation. The project will also explore the viability of the production and use of liquid compost made from food scraps from grocery outlets through on-farm testing and research.

This project supports these strategic goals:

  • Grow networks of supply chain players.
  • Disseminate learning to position the Chicago region as a national model.
  • Incentivize innovation to address systemic problems.


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Kinship Foundation

Lenore Beyer
Director of Conservation Programs

The Chicago Community Trust

Michael Davidson
Senior Program Officer

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