Phoenix Biomedical Campus Compost

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.

Video: Composting 101

The BIO5 Institute shows the steps to begin composting in the workplace with a short, student-produced video funded by the Green Fund. This three-minute video addresses the key task of persuading the Keating building’s 425 occupants to participate by promoting food composting as a simple and cost-effective way to green the UA and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and serves as a model for other office’s looking for ways to go green.

Harvesting UA's Mesquite Trees

Working with local non-profit Desert Harvesters, a group of UA students, employees, and community members collect, harvest, and mill mesquite tree bean pods into flour to use in deserts and baking mixes. In the summer of 2011, volunteers from the UA community collected over 80 pounds of dry pods for milling.

David Pietz

David Pietz
Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, Department of East Asian Studies
UNESCO Chair of Environmental History
Director, Global Studies Program

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