The community food bank helps set up gardens for low income families in their backyard. The Compost Cats donate their compost to these gardens.

Research Theme:
Food Systems and Security, Natural Environment and Biodiversity, Science Engagement, Urban Environment

The Compost Cats promote composting and recylcing at the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival. It is a chance to learn more about composting habits and become more aware of sustainability.

Research Theme:
Environmental Arts and Humanities, Food Systems and Security, Science Engagement

The Compost Cats promote composting and recylcing at the Oro Valley Meet Yourself Festival. It is a chance to learn more about composting habits and become more aware of sustainability.

Research Theme:
Environmental Arts and Humanities, Food Systems and Security, Science Engagement

The Compost Cats compost the food from Spring Fling.

Research Theme:
Food Systems and Security, Urban Environment

The Local Sourcing at the Student Union is run by the Compost Cats with the assistance of the head chef of the Student Union, Chef Omo. The compost from the union is used on the farm and then the crops from the farm are used to cook food for the union. The goal is to go full circle using composting and farming. 

Research Theme:
Food Systems and Security, Natural Environment and Biodiversity, Public Health, Urban Environment

The Compost Cats have created an internship program for the members within the club. The goal is to give interns the ability to get more invovled with the community. Some interns work at the Food Bank, the Community Water Coalition, Trees with Tucson, Hydrocats, Casa Marie Soup Kitchen, etc. The Compost Cats want to make more change in the community.
 

Research Theme:
Natural Environment and Biodiversity, Science Engagement, Urban Environment

UA’s cutting-edge biomedical campus has instituted a campaign to turn food waste into nutrient-rich soil for a local medicinal garden. Sponsored by the UA’s Green Fund, and partnered with AZ Valley Compost the team behind this project has set a goal of collecting 500 pounds of compostable refuse per week, from four pickup locations around campus.

Research Theme:
Food Systems and Security, Public Health, Urban Environment

This project seeks to tie the many sustainability initiatives at the UA together, resulting in possible partnerships and collaborations, and fostering real synergy across campus. This project is also assessing how each initiative around campus might contribute to a comprehensive program that the UA could offer to undergrads interested in sustainability. A group of UA students is assisting with this research, gaining valuable real-world assessment experience and helping to expand the educational and extracurricular opportunities that will be offered to the next generation of Wildcats.

Research Theme:
Business and Economics, Science Engagement, Urban Environment

Flandrau is renovating its south lawn to provide room for outdoor displays and a patio café for students and staff. The design calls for harvesting rainwater from the building’s 5,000-square-foot roof. A system for collecting AC condensate will be added to the plans—potentially doubling Flandrau’s sustainable water supply, which will be stored in partially-sunken cisterns that will also function as outdoor tables and seating.

Research Theme:
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing, Water

Four Chemical Engineering majors upgraded the infrastructure of their Harshbarger lab by making the process of cooling steam more efficient, and more sustainable. Their efforts hope to reduce the lab’s water consumption by 200,000 gallons per year. The chilled water system includes a 500 gallon water storage tank. The 500 gallons of water is continually recirculated through the distillation column over the course of the semester preventing the release of nearly 25,000 gallons of house water. 

Research Theme:
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing, Water

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