Project Title: UIComposting
Project Timeline: Approximately 1-2 years
The timeline for this project would be 1-2 years because in order for it to start and be successful, it would have to first be approved by the University, and then for faculty and students to work together to make it happen.
Project Description: Each year, in the United States 40% of food is wasted, yet 1 in 6 people don’t know what their next meal will be. Some College campuses have been trying to reduce this problem, and one way to do so is by composting. The project I propose is that UIC participate in composting. If UIC composted, we could reduce the food waste and help the community around us. There are many different ways one could compost, but what I propose for UIC would be in-vessel composting system because it can range from small to large scale, and in a space like the city of Chicago, composting would want to be done where it creates less or no odor (especially on a college campus). In order to do so, the University would need to invest in an in-vessel composting system. The prices for in-vessel composting can be expensive, but in the long run it would be beneficial. If UIC had a composting system, we could use the compost for our gardens to produce plants and food, which can help benefit students and faculty for educational purposes, for example like botany majors, and growing food could potentially help the community or even the University in the future.
Preliminary Project Budget:
This project can range anywhere from $1,000 to $45,000, depending on the size of the composting system that the University would need.