Project Leads: Claire Evans, Parijat Chakrabarti, & Annie Gorden
Sponsor: Compost Alliance
TGIF Grant: $32,000
Project Theme: Waste Reduction
2011 Application Submission
Status: Phase I Complete, Phase II in Progress
Project Description: The Compost Alliance designs and implements campus building composting systems in collaboration with Physical Plant-Campus Services, which oversees both Custodial Services and Campus Recycling & Refuse Services. This system was piloted in 10 campus buildings and includes service, set-up, equipment, and educational outreach.
Goals: The current campus waste diversion rate is 42% of 9,700 tons of waste created by campus in 2009. By implementing composting within campus buildings, the Compost Alliance plans to raise this rate to 63%, which translates in 2,000 tons of waste diverted. A campus-wide composting system will eliminate an estimated 292 MTCO2e (292,000 kgCO2e). Conduct preliminary and post-implementation waste audits of the 10 pilot buildings. Create enough compost volume to collect in-house and therefore reduce costs and put saved monies directly to more composting implementation. Work closely with building managers and custodians to garner support and understand their needs and input with regards to composting. Create a campus standard for signage. Assist UC Berkeley in reaching its zero waste goal by 2020.
TGIF Blog Posts about Compost Alliance
Project Photos and Standardized Signage
Note: Please contact CRRS directly if you would like standardized signage, so that the signage size and printing are standardized throughout campus - please do not print the signs yourself.
2011-2012 Year-End Report
Compost Alliance received a 2012 TGIF grant to continue its efforts of institutionalizing compost within UC Berkeley campus buildings.