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Compost Yields Healthy Crops

which promotes increased water retention and nutrient absorption for plant growth. Compost also provides a feedstock for essential microorganisms in the soil that aid plants and roots.

Utilizing Food Scraps in Compost

returns a nutrient rich soil amendment back to the earth and diverts roughly 30% of waste volumes sent to landfill annually in Illinois. 

Integrating Food Scraps Through Collection

drives demand from the bottom up, creating broader diversion opportunities for food scrap generators and haulers.

Wasting 40% of Food Supply

increases the need for more production of food crops. If efficiencies can be found in this system, the same amount of food can find its way to feed more people.

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Seven Generations Ahead

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Promoting healthy and sustainable communities.  

“The 7th generation principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate,  we must consider how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future.“ Molly Larkin

Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a non-profit focused on building healthy and sustainable communities.  SGA promotes the development of healthy and environmentally sustainable communities through education, advocacy, conferences, networks and training.

SGA’s most important project at this time is working with the Chicago Community Trust. This grant allowed SGA to collaborate with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) to produce the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions for Illinois report, a composting Economic Impact Report and the Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit.  The Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit brought leaders and activists from many areas together to collaborate and think creatively about making composting a statewide reality.  SGA also works with institutions, legislators, business leaders, schools and advocates to implement hauling service and composting programs throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

Gary Cuneen, who is the founder and Executive Director of SGA along with Jen Nelson, SGA’s program manager are founding members of IFSC and continue to serve on the board and subcommittees.

SGA believes in the power of composting to build soil nutrients, filter and conserve water, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that benefit people and the natural environment – all while providing the opportunity to grow jobs and create economic development that supports a healthy, vibrant Illinois. 

For more information about SGA please visit.  Seven Generations Ahead