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Project 96

Challenge Question

How can York U set up a composting program?

Partner: Green Campus Cooperative and the Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee

Project Summary

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York annually ships over 600kgs of organic waste annually to landfills that are over 100 km away. This initiative is one piece of a two-part project (the other being a composting and vermiculture pilot project) investigating the reduction of greenhouse gases and the reclaiming of organic waste on campus. The objective of this project is to conduct a survey of the different types of composting programs that are currently in place in different universities and colleges around Canada. The research team will investigate what type of composting systems are in use in these contexts (ie. windrow, 3-stage, vermiculture or in-vessel anaerobic) and what is the capacity, labour, and costs associated with each initiative. After the initial research, a smaller number of institutions will be selected for a closer analysis (possibly UofT, UBC, University of Montreal, and Seneca College) in order to create recommendations for York’s own programs. The team of researchers working on this project might have an interest or specialization in environmental studies, environmental engineering, urban studies, social studies, and economics.

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Organizational Profile

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Green Campus Cooperative

We believe that in order to create a sustainable and equitable economic system for ourselves and future generations, we must create businesses and trading partnerships that are committed to fairness and sustainability in all aspects of their operations. This is what we aspire to.

Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee

The York University Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee includes student, faculty and administration representatives. Its co-chairs are Tom Watt (Director of Food Services) and John Simoulidis (Associate Professor, Department of Social Science and Treasurer of Green Campus Cooperative).

Key Words

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  • Fair trade
  • SDG
  • Sustainability

Partner Website

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Visit the Green Campus Cooperative website