Funded projects

Grants • Learning and Evaluation Investments

Food Scrap Compost Market-building

This project supports goals to enhance Illinois water quality, conserve water, build healthy soil, reduce erosion and lessen greenhouse gas emissions. The project also will create demand for food scraps through education, policy and pilot projects, while driving infrastructure development and targeted investments. Short-term goals include educating decision-makers on the benefits of composting, its role in local, sustainable food production and strategies to build the industry; making the economic and local foodshed development case for composting; and laying the groundwork for food scrap collection route density with businesses: Stroger Hospital, Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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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