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Composting at IMSA

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UN Sustainable Development Goal

UNSDG #2: Zero Hunger

Start Date

27-4-2022 9:30 AM

End Date

27-4-2022 9:50 AM

Abstract

In the US alone 30-40% of food is wasted every year. Wasted food that ends up in landfills releases methane emissions. According to the US EPA, methane emissions are more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The energy and water used to produce that food are also wasted. These reasons alone make this UNSDG, goal 2 “Zero Hunger”, extremely important for our climate. Using a compost bin will significantly reduce the amount of greenhouses gases generated in our local community. Compost bins have previously been beneficial at Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres. A food composting program was implemented in 2005 and it helped the venue save money on its trash disposal bills. By 2011, Petco Park diverted 164 tons of waste and saved 75,000 dollars. Compost bins are also beneficial to the planet because it enriches the soil, reduces the use of chemical fertilizers, and also encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter. Lexington, a food service, has been wasting a massive amount of uneaten food by students which are disposed of into the garbage cans. The food that is thrown out can be recycled and used in a more beneficial way. Incorporating a compost bin in Lexington will allow the IMSA to grow more as a sustainable community. Our compost bin will be decorated with statistics and the benefits of composting so that the community will be encouraged to use it. Flyers will also be distributed among the tables to further raise awareness of food waste and the importance of composting. Not only will the compost bins set an example to the community around us, but they will also create a place where we spread sustainable awareness.

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Composting at IMSA

In the US alone 30-40% of food is wasted every year. Wasted food that ends up in landfills releases methane emissions. According to the US EPA, methane emissions are more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The energy and water used to produce that food are also wasted. These reasons alone make this UNSDG, goal 2 “Zero Hunger”, extremely important for our climate. Using a compost bin will significantly reduce the amount of greenhouses gases generated in our local community. Compost bins have previously been beneficial at Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres. A food composting program was implemented in 2005 and it helped the venue save money on its trash disposal bills. By 2011, Petco Park diverted 164 tons of waste and saved 75,000 dollars. Compost bins are also beneficial to the planet because it enriches the soil, reduces the use of chemical fertilizers, and also encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter. Lexington, a food service, has been wasting a massive amount of uneaten food by students which are disposed of into the garbage cans. The food that is thrown out can be recycled and used in a more beneficial way. Incorporating a compost bin in Lexington will allow the IMSA to grow more as a sustainable community. Our compost bin will be decorated with statistics and the benefits of composting so that the community will be encouraged to use it. Flyers will also be distributed among the tables to further raise awareness of food waste and the importance of composting. Not only will the compost bins set an example to the community around us, but they will also create a place where we spread sustainable awareness.