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Project Timeline - 2007 <ul><li>February-April – Bin Construction (Six Total) </li></ul><ul><li>12 February – Board of Education Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>March-May – Order Supplies/Educate/Logistics </li></ul><ul><li>11 May – COMPLETION DATE </li></ul><ul><li>12 May – Grand Opening Ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>14 May–12 June – Trial Period </li></ul><ul><li>School Year 2007-2008 – Full Implementation </li></ul>Grades 6-12 School-Wide Composting Project
Attitude. <ul><li>School-Community Cohesiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Stewardship </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Humor </li></ul><ul><li>School Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul>All aspects of this project will convey a sense of…
Who’s Involved? Support The Board of Education Middle/High School Administration The Community (Specifically our Anonymous Donor)
Who’s Involved? Enforcement And Assistance Custodians and Grounds Crew
Who’s Involved? The Students (Middle/High) The Kitchen Staff Trash Separation
Who’s Involved? Bin Construction Teacher Volunteers, Generation - Z, and Mr. Davis’s 8 th grade Tech. Class
Foster a sense of school pride Compost discourages the use of chemical treatments that pollute groundwater. Waste audits have shown that over 80% of a school’s waste stream is organic, with over 20%of the total being food waste. Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science Lessons: Decomposers Aerobic Resporation and Fermentation Temperature and pH data with lab probes Environmental Science Ours will be the only school in Tompkins County with a composting program Promotes social responsibility Would put to use grass clippings and leaf disposal from school grounds Help the school work toward becoming a "green school"
<ul><li>About one third of the space in landfills is taken up with organic waste from our yards and kitchens </li></ul><ul><li>Compost helps cleanup (remediate) contaminated soil </li></ul><ul><li>Compost helps prevent pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Using compost can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. It serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments. </li></ul><ul><li>Affects the life style decisions made by future citizens of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Empower students (gives them a specific action they can take to help the earth) </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches teamwork and interdisciplinary education </li></ul>
<ul><li>Compost can be used as an alternative to mulch or other plastic coverings-can be used for the memorial garden </li></ul><ul><li>When in a landfill, organic matter doesn’t receive proper exposure to oxygen and produces methane, a greenhouse gas that’s more than twenty times more potent than carbon dioxide </li></ul><ul><li>Certain composts act as barriers to prevent plant diseases in the roots </li></ul><ul><li>Compost releases its nutrients slowly overtime, unlike common manure </li></ul>
Construction of Bins <ul><li>Drew Davis will be building 2-4 boxes with some of his 8 th grade tech students. Generation-Z and volunteer teachers will be building the remaining boxes. This will make a total of 6 boxes. </li></ul><ul><li>CCE’s Master Composter Volunteer Program will be providing continuous technical assistance throughout the Groton composting program. </li></ul><ul><li>The wood for the bins will be purchased locally at Baker-Miller lumber. </li></ul><ul><li>Each bin will be 4 ft </li></ul>3
Construction and Setup Cut away layers of a bin showing the Lasagna method. * This method is best in cutting any smells or pests that may arise during the process. The Greens The Browns Wood chips, dried grass, sawdust, dead leaves, newspaper, and shredded paper. Fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, weeds, and bread crusts.
Contents (Browns) (Greens) chopped straw pieces of paper egg cartons newspaper strips small wood chips wood shavings Bulking Agents dried grass grass clippings weeds banana peels bread crusts apple cores carrot peelings lettuce scraps Food for the Microbes
The Procedure Organic scraps will be placed in compost buckets throughout the school. Generation - Z will target high-activity lunch zones.
The Procedure Generation – Z and Middle School Composting Club will rotate collection duties on M, W, F’s Scraps will be weighed for monthly and yearly totals
Weighed scraps will be added to compost bins <ul><li>Finished Compost: </li></ul><ul><li>School gardening programs run by Viola Fitzgerald and Scott Weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Generation – Z fundraisers </li></ul><ul><li>Gifts for special people </li></ul><ul><li>Sold at local garden centers </li></ul>