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Posted on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009

Waste Characterization

Friday, 11/13. 10am - 4 pm, Kennedy Mall

Our purpose is to characterize the waste that we are sending to the landfill to see where we need to improve or expand waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs. These characterizations will allow us to develop useful and interesting data on the waste stream that will help us reduce landfill waste from the campus.

Staff, faculty, and students are welcome to participate. We are aiming for 10-20 volunteers who will open bags of trash and sort the material into 16 categories that we then measure and weigh. Lab coats, gloves, glasses, and other protective gear are provided. Come when you can and stay for as long as you like.

Waste characterizations are a great opportunity to learn first-(gloved)hand about the waste cycle and issues on campus, and you help collect very important data about Santa Clara's waste composition. It is not as gross as you might think and you can always be in charge of the weighing and measuring!

If you're interested in volunteering, please e-mail recycling@scu.edu and learn more on Facebook.

San Francisco Green Festival

November 13-15, 2009, San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. Click here for more information.

Compost Theme Song Contest

Feeling a little musical?
Be a rockstar and compose a theme song for Santa Clara's composting program!

Submit: either song lyrics or a voice recording. Need ideas? Visit the Sustainability Page on Facebook.

Deadline: Friday, November 20 at 3:00pm

Send to: sustainabilityintern@scu.edu attn: Chris

Open to all students, faculty and staff! Grand prize will be a $15 giftcard to Frozos.

The winning composition will be featured in a music video with a special guest. The video will play in Benson's Market Square and will be shown at a women's basketball game in January.

Santa Clara County Master Composter program

Enrollment is now open for the Santa Clara County Master Composter program. Composting is an effective way to reduce waste, benefit local soil, and conserve water. The Master Composter program is a volunteer organization working to educate county residents about backyard composting.

The next Master Composter Volunteer Training series will take place January 6 through March 10, 2010. The class meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9 pm in San Jose and on four Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon at various locations. There is a $50 materials fee for the course. All the training materials are included. Space is limited to 35 participants. The application deadline is November 10, 2009.

Visit www.ReduceWaste.org to download an application.

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