UW Vermi-campaign

by: Jen Eyers, Michelle Guitard, Melissa Larion, Rhonda Hambly

Course: ERS 285, 1998
Supervisor: James Kay


The purpose of this project was to evaluate the use of educational tools to increase the success of vermicomposting throughout office areas. Through this education we hoped to create campus wide awareness of the benefits of vermicomposting.

Vermicomposting was chosen because we feel that the successful use of vermicomposters in office areas would contribute to our ultimate goal of a sustainable campus community. Also, vermicomposters are more convenient than conventional back-yard composters as you do not continually have to take the organic waste outside. More importantly, they encourage personal responsibility and provide an interactive way to contribute to the environment on a individual scale.

We chose offices as our implementation site because they are small areas producing relatively small amounts of organic material. Cafeterias on the other hand, can serve a large number of people in one day thereby generating much larger quantities of organic waste. Thus, there is a higher chance of the vermicomposters becoming overloaded and disfunctional.

Assessment of past and present vermicomposter users is imperative to our research as it will show us common problems encountered in the past. This will aid in the creation of an educational package for interested people to use when vermicomposting.

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Last updated: April 23, 1998 plc