Lafayette continues to explore new ways of closing the food loop through composting, food recovery, community outreach, and other initiatives. We’re creating the Leopard Loop!
The municipal plate waste composting at Upper has diverted over 2 tons of food waste from landfills. The plate waste is composted at the college’s own Earth Tubs. Leaves and wood chips are added to process the composting. Classes have hosted educational programs for the student body to learn more about campus composting operations.
Zero Waste Events have been held frequently in the past two years. They have greatly expanded on campus. The Sustainability Office has been enlisting student workers to educate the Lafayette community about responsible composting. Recent Zero Waste Events include The Welcome Picnic and Midnight Breakfast.
Food Sustainability is a major component of the current Lafayette Climate Action Plan. The plan explicitly states that a college-wide composting system will be in place as part of the college’s goal to divert 60% of waste from landfills by 2035. The Sustainability Office has a new EVST 380 program. There is a composting intern for the Fall 2019 semester. Civil Engineering will have a Spring 2020 Capstone Student Group regarding Composting. If you want to get involved with the implementing the Climate Action Plan talk to Lafayette’s Sustainability Fellow, Kendall Roberson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lafayette branch of the Food Recovery Network sprung from LEAP in Spring 2017. Students worked with dining services to set up regular collections of food leftovers in the dining halls. It quickly expanded and has become its own student group on campus. In the 2018-2019 academic year they recovered 2291 lbs of food and delivered it to Safe Harbor, not including waste brought to the biology department animals.
If you want to get involved with the Food Recovery Network contact the president Emma Stierhoff at email@example.com
In March 2019, SEES (Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists) built and distributed fourteen 55-gallon compost tumblers to the local Easton Community to spread composting to places such as Safe Harbor, local elementary schools, and the College Hill neighborhood association.
If you want to get involved with SEES contact the president Kyle Low at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lafayette Students go to Easton to volunteer at Easton events to run composting stations. Major events Lafayette students have helped with include Garlic Fest and Bacon Fest. Students also help every Saturday at the Easton composting program at the Farmer’s Market.
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If you want to volunteer contact Easton Compost Program Coordinator Miranda Wilcha: email@example.com