A Food Day event is organized and celebrated by the Food for All Committee, which has invited the Garden Committee and Compost Cats to participate in a ‘food cycle’ themed event. Each group would have a stall to demonstrate the growth, harvest and decomposition of food. This task may be delegated to a single intern or manager and would require communication and co-planning with the FFA Committee and Compost Cats.
United UA Researchers Battle Germs to Improve Public Health
By Shahrazad Encinias, Institute of the Environment
You can’t see them, but they are there. Microbial pathogens—a fancy way of saying germs—lurk on everything from elevator buttons to salad bar tongs, often finding their way into an unsuspecting host and wreaking health havoc.
The University of Arizona's Facilities Management Team began working with Merlin Organics to improve soil health and reduce water usage on campus with a pilot program which started in July 2011. Based on the early success of the Bear Down Pilot Program, the project is now being expanded to encompass the entire Mall area. The objective is to have all turf at the University under 100% organic management by the end of 2012 and to become the greenest campus in the U.S.
The LSSA participates in local Farmer's Markets to reach out to other organizations and the Tucson Community. They currently share a tent with the CEASA (Controlled Environment Agriculture Student Association) selling house plants, native desert plants, and herbs. LSSA aims to expand to other Farmer's Markets around Tucson to network with other vendors and interact with the Tucson community.
Compost Cats is an entirely student-run project to convert food and green waste from the University of Arizona and other local businesses into a valuable soil amendment, help reduce the carbon footprint of the university, and save the university money by reducing landfill fees. Compost will be donated to campus gardens and landscapes and to community and school garden projects in Tucson.
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.
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.
The goal of these sustainability condoms is to educate University of Arizona students and residents of Tucson about current energy use and methods to reduce their energy consumption in a way that attracts people’s attention. There are six packaging designs for people to collect. Inside each packaging there is one condom and different information about electricity usage and technology related to lighting.
Taking the Waste Out of Wastewater
Shane Snyder is on a mission to find efficient ways to transform the water we discard into safe and sustainable drinking water.
In water-scarce regions of the world, including Arizona, water reuse is critical for sustainability, and Snyder's research is recognized as a critical component of water reuse projects.