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Green Leaders investigate food waste

Green Leaders investigate food waste

Nolan Bishop

November 20, 2014

Members of Whitman's Green Leaders program are currently investigating ways to increase environmentally conscious practices in cooperation with Bon Appétit in Whitman's dining halls and cafes. In recent weeks, Green Chief Officer Jacob Frei and other members of Whitman's Green Leaders met with Bon Appétit...

Worm Composting Proves Unsustainable for Whitman

Worm Composting Proves Unsustainable for Whitman

Lachlan Johnson

October 3, 2013

After struggling to be maintained during school breaks, Whitman College's worm composting program closed its doors for good this September. The composting program was previously located behind Lyman Hall and attempted to process a limited portion of the two tons of food waste generated each day at the...

Worm composting project overcomes summer setbacks

Worm composting project overcomes summer setbacks

Daniel Kim

September 27, 2012

In the spring of 2012, right before summer break, the Industrial Compost Group faced an unexpected hurdle: Of the 45,000 worms purchased from local worm breeder Barbara Newby for vermicomposting, only 5,000 remained alive. The setback forced the group to reformulate their plan in order to replenish the worm population and ensure its conti...

Composting project explores sustainability

Composting project explores sustainability

Allison Work

September 22, 2011

While most Whitties' daily wanderings don't involve passing through a small corner of campus behind Jewett and Lyman, anyone who has recently walked along Stanton Street may have noticed a small red shed behind the dining halls. Soon, the shed will be home to 45,000 worms. It's all part of a new composting...

Composting trend expands beyond Whitman

Composting trend expands beyond Whitman

Shelly Le

October 14, 2010

With so much food often placed on our plates, it is easy to be unaware of where it all eventually ends up. According to an article in the New Scientist on July 31, sixteen percent of the energy consumed in the United States is used to produce food, yet at least 25 percent of food is wasted each year. Colleges...

New Composting Program Faces Challenges

New Composting Program Faces Challenges

Karah Kemmerly

September 16, 2010

When sophomores Hannah Siano and Zoey Rogers first arrived to campus last year, they noticed that something was conspicuously missing in their residence hall: a composting program. Just one year later, though their composting idea still has some challenges to overcome, Siano and Rogers have introduced the progr...

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