Grant Helps Club Promote Sustainability



Mallory Rowley

The Colgate Composting Club is planning to revamp Colgate’s sustainability program within the next few weeks.

“The composting club is a small club with a long history and has met many roadblocks along the way,” junior and club member Sonya Falcone said.

Despite these roadblocks, the club was recently granted money to build a small composting facility at the Community Garden. Within the next week, three composting bins will be added to the Colgate Community Garden as part of the largest current composting system on campus. The bins have the capacity to hold a large amount of waste and therefore will be available to students living off-campus who wish to compost their waste and use the facility as a recep­tacle in addition to composting gar­den waste. The compost will then be reintroduced into the garden as fertil­izer in an effort to both reduce and recycle waste while improving the Colgate community.

In addition, the club is in the pro­cess of finalizing the details of a two week campus-wide composting pilot program with the help of Sustainability Coordinator John Pumilio , the dining hall operators, Buildings & Grounds and waste services faculty members. The club is planning on piloting the program in the spring.

Falcone is ready to improve sustainability on campus.

“This is the first time composting initiatives at Colgate have ever been given a grant this extensive, and the project’s success will hopefully help us convince the administration of the advantages of composting, and help us toward our ultimate goal of a school-wide composting system, where food waste is composted from every dining facility on cam­pus. This final goal would bring us up to par with what many of our peer institutions are doing in their sustainability work,” Falcone said.