Take a look at my resource guide and start a closed loop composting system at another college! Many resources are listed in the guide.
Join the Student Environmental Center's Waste Prevention Campaign and start your own composting project!
This senior exit internship through the Student Environmental Center's Waste Prevention Campaign resulted in the establishment of a closed loop composting system between the Stevenson Coffee House and Stevenson Garden. By directing the cafe to collect pre-consumer compost material and coordinating compost collection by the East Zone Waste Reduction Group, this project organizes a closed loop system that benefits the stakeholders and keeps the UC Santa Cruz campus waste on site. This composting system began implementation in Spring 2013 and hopes to continuously serve as a model for other colleges with student-run gardens and cafes. I created a resource guide that students can use to start closed loop composting systems elsewhere on campus and I analyze the campus composting system at UC Santa Cruz in my conceptual framework paper.
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Since 2013 gardeners now process the compost from the coffee house and some material from campus grounds as well. We also process the compost from East Zone apartment kitchens and dorms -- facilities "East Waste Reduction" crew collects and the garden processes.