2019 IFSC Strategic Plan Available

The 2019 strategic plan for the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) has been finalized and is now available online. You may download the plan (in PDF format) directly at http://illinoiscomposts.org/images/pdfs/IFSC_2019StratPlan_FINAL.pdf, or find a link to the PDF document in the “Goals/Current Work” section of the “About IFSC” page of the IFSC web site.

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a thriving not-for-profit organization advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois through advocacy, program implementation, market and business development, policy and outreach. The organization's 2019 strategic plan includes the following overarching goals related to those focus areas of activity:

2019 Goals

  • Advocacy—Policy development and fundraising: To improve and develop legislative and regulatory policy and to secure funds to grow industry, infrastructure and end markets for finished compost.
  • Programs—Implementation and infrastructure development: To develop and maintain educational and recognition programs, including the We Compost program, and strengthening food scrap composting infrastructure.
  • Market Development—Infrastructure and end market growth: To drive specific attainable end market development strategies that will have statewide impact, expand capacity for more diversion, and develop demand for the end product.
  • Outreach: To disseminate educational materials to the public and stakeholders through marketing, communications and public relations, and to communicate the value of IFSC and grow membership.

For details on the planned approach to achieving these goals, including subcommittees responsible for progress toward each goal, see the complete 2019 IFSC Strategic Plan (PDF).

IFSC is grateful to all the members, directors and subcommittees who provided input and feedback in developing and finalizing this plan, as well as for the work they do throughout the year to advance organics diversion and composting in Illinois!

If you’d like to become involved by joining one or more of the responsible subcommittees mentioned in the strategic plan, please visit the subcommittee description pages below for further information. Contact the designated committee chairs to join.

IFSC Subcommittees

If you are not yet an IFSC member but would like to contribute to the goals outlined in this year’s strategic plan, please consider joining as an individual or organization. Details on membership benefits, dues, sustaining partnership opportunities, and membership forms are available at http://illinoiscomposts.org/join.

Seven Generations Ahead--IFSC Platinum Level Sustaining Partner

IFSC is grateful to Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) for being a Platinum level Sustaining Partner. Contributions from Sustaining Partners help further the impact of IFSC's efforts to support and grow composting infrastructure in Illinois. Take a moment to learn more about SGA:

Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a non profit based in Illinois that is committed to building healthy and sustainable communities by driving environmental solutions through planning, implementation, education, network development, and consulting. One issue SGA is dedicated to is managing resources sustainably, including diverting organics from landfills to mitigate harmful greenhouse gases, protect water quality and nourish our soil. SGA encourages partnership and collaboration by creating networks to problem solve and share best practices.

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition is an example of how collaboration brings people to the table to drive food scrap composting infrastructure and policy in Illinois. SGA has been at the table since IFSC started and works to find funding for projects to support the mission and goals of the coalition. 

Additional collaboration can be found around the table of the Illinois Wasted Food Solutions Task Force. SGA and many other IFSC members were a part of starting this task force to support collaboration around food recovery programs that capture uneaten food for those in need and those doing food scrap composting to produce nutrient-rich soil. Aligning values in sustainability and reducing food waste make lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships that drive impactful programs and solutions.

Zero Waste Schools- Our Zero Waste Schools Program works with school staff and students to shift operations and minds towards generating zero waste through source reduction, recycling, composting, and food recovery. SGA helps schools plan effective waste reduction strategies, provides on-the-ground support for operational changes, educates students and staff about the How and Why of going zero waste, connects schools with local partners and opportunities, and drives policy changes and infrastructure development that promote zero waste. Currently, there are more than 23,000 students in 32 different schools across northern Illinois participating in SGA’s Zero Waste Schools recycling and composting program, which results in more than 2000 lbs of food scraps being composted per day. SGA created a free, electronic Zero Waste Schools Toolkit full of educational activities to educate students on the importance of waste diversion. Getting children involved and interested in waste diversion is key to a successful program that normalizes zero waste and encourages future environmental leaders. SGA also publishes a monthly Zero Waste Schools e-newsletter.  Check out the November 2018 Zero Waste Schools Newsletter now.

K-12 School Food Waste Reduction Toolkit Development - SGA is leading the work of a committee of the Illinois Wasted Food Solutions Task Force to develop a statewide toolkit addressing food waste in K-12 schools. This toolkit will provide information on preventing food waste, recovering and donating food, and food scrap composting. Join our working group, share case studies of success, or stay tuned for this toolkit which is projected to be published in August 2019.  

SGA Supports Institution Composting - Seven Generations Ahead provides technical assistance for zero waste institutions, working to reduce waste, recycle and compost. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how SGA can help your institution. 

CORRECTIONS COMPOSTING SPOTLIGHT - At Lake County Adult Corrections in Waukegan, SGA partnered with IFSC member Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) to implement a program for recycling and composting in the jail. The project reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, incorporates inmate waste sorting, and educates decision-makers on the benefits of composting and waste reduction. Lake County Adult Correctional Facility averages 600+ inmates being fed three meals a day, producing a waste stream of 55% compostable materials and 15% recyclable. The program launched successfully in September 2018. 

SAVE THE DATE for our Illinois Institutions Food Waste Reduction and Composting webinar on December 10 @ 10am. Learn from the following institutions: Illinois Update - Reducing Wasted Food and Composting-Seven Generations Ahead, Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and Illinois Wasted Food Solutions; Campus & Medical Center - Aligning Timing, Infrastructure and Costs; University of Illinois at Chicago; Corrections Composting - Key Partners to Plan and Implement a Composting Program, Lake County Adult Corrections; Sustaining and Growing a Composting Program Through Education-Field Museum of Natural History.

HOW CAN YOU CONNECT? SGA is currently working on a number of projects that drive food waste reduction and composting in Illinois, including supporting counties, municipalities, institutions and schools. Highlights of our work with schools and institutions are included below. Check out our website for a variety of webinars, presentations and toolkits for different audiences: www.sevengenerationsahead.org.

What’s New at Greenbuild 2018

Complimentary Expo Pass Available for IFSC Community

Registration is available for Greenbuild – the in-person experience for sustainability in the built environment. The event is this November in Chicago.

In 2018, Greenbuild is enhancing the attendee experience and bringing you new ways to engage and learn.


  • The mindful MATERIALS Pavilion. It’s a new area in the expo hall. We're shining a light on materials transparency and product certification in an all-new pavilion in the expo hall. See the pavilion.
  • The latest education and a new track. Discover three days of sessions - strategically planned to educate, motivate, and inspire you. This year, we’ve added “The People’s Voice” – a new education track voted into Greenbuild by the public. Additional tracks include Approaching Zero, Zeroing In, and Built to Perform.
  • Journey Maps. See this new way to explore the event. These attendee experiences will guide your three-day journey through Greenbuild on topics that are of specific interest to you. Journey Maps include education sessions, distinctive products, solutions and technology, and experiential learning opportunities. See the journey maps.

Ready to register? Learn more about why you should attend, and then register for a four-day or three-day conference pass. Or, explore the floor, courtesy of IFSC! Use code REGIONALGB18P2 at registration to claim your complimentary expo hall pass.