We are a volunteer-run composting program for the Tri-Institutional community of Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Weill Cornell interested in (a) decreasing the amount of organic waste going to landfills and (b) teaching our community about composting.
Please check out our composting basics, as well as our list of items that can and cannot be composted using our system.
For further updates, check back here, updates are posted below in reverse chronological order.
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Feel free to contact us at CompostUES at Gmail dot com.
If you’re interested in how universities are becoming more sustainable in their efforts, this is a great article to start with.
What can business learn about sustainability from higher ed? | GreenBiz.com.
After stopping our composting during the winter when everything froze, we are starting up again. May 1, 2013! Hope to see you then!
Check out what food scraps you can bring to compost and where to go!
If you have a compost bin at home and found some white worms, chances are your compost pH is too acidic. But there is an easy solution. Check it out: White Worms in Your Compost Bin – Should You Be Worried?.
Ever wonder if the seafood you’re eating is sustainable? Check out this great explanation and link to a handy tool to keep around whenever you’re ordering at a restaurant. Seafood Watch: Do You Eat Sustainable Seafood?
Ever wonder what the differences are between different light bulbs? This cool info-graphic tells you all about the differences between incandescent, LED and CFL bulbs. Check it out! Resources – Infographics – Cost of Lighting.
Since our program works so hard to help educate our community about waste in an effort to get more people composting, I thought this post from It’s Not Easy To Be Green was highly informative on why trees are important to our environment.
Why Trees Matter « It’s Not Easy To Be Green.
If anyone is interested in learning more about genetically modified plants, check out this post below from Illumination by K. Folta.
Illumination: What is “Genetically Modified”? and the Frankenfood Pardox.
Earth911 is having a contest for a universal Reuse symbol. The recycle it symbol is very well known, but reusing still needs a hand. Submissions end August 22, 2012 and voting begins August 23, 2012.
Check them out! All Ideas for Design the Universal Reuse Symbol.
Do you ever wonder what type of paper you can recycle? Earth911.com has your answer: What NOT to Put in the Bin.
A pilot composting program in NYC school districts cuts food waste by 85 percent!
The move reduced the eight pilot schools’ cafeteria waste by an astounding 85 percent. That number benefits the environment and the district, saving 450 pounds of food waste from landfills each day and saving an estimated $3,000 in garbage bags and $3,700 in disposal fees for the pilot schools each year.
If they can get students to learn about composting, imagine the possibilities in work environments.