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ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCE CENTER. American Organic Energy. Alternative-energy. CharGrow ORIGINAL CONCENTRATE. Composting, Renewable Energy & Sustainability. ECO City Farms – Composting and Vermiculture: Creating Healthy Soil. Composting Creating a nutritious soil amendment from plant matter decomposition is otherwise known as composting.

ECO City Farms – Composting and Vermiculture: Creating Healthy Soil

It is the basis of sustainable urban farming, which promotes a closed loop system where all components of a farm add to and support each other. ECO City Farms combines different organic wastes into a proven formula that accelerates decomposition and creates fertile soil. Our composting focus is mainly on vermicomposting, or worm composting, which creates a nutrient rich product from the worm castings.

Our compost system has two main steps for soil amendment products. Vermicomposting We have 10 worm bins located at our Bladensburg Farm filled with Eisenia fetida (commonly known as red wiggler worms) that thrive in decomposing matter. We use worm castings throughout our farm, and beyond. Biochar We also create and use biochar on our farm, which is a charcoal used for agricultural purposes. Compost Tea Another key component of our sustainable farming practice is compost tea. Gasifier for Heat.

BioChar Advocates. Soil Remediation. Pyrolyzer - Contact. BioEnergy Lists: Biochar Mailing Lists. Sharing technical and event information about Biochar from the Biochar email lists. Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation. This site exists to help people develop better stoves for cooking with biomass fuels in developing regions. Engineers Aim To Make Cleaner-Burning Cookstoves For Developing World - Slashdot. Vinces99 writes in with news about a new cookstove design for developing countries.

Engineers Aim To Make Cleaner-Burning Cookstoves For Developing World - Slashdot

"About 3 billion people, or 42 percent of the world's population, rely on burning materials such as wood, animal dung or coal in stoves for cooking and heating their homes. Often these stoves are crudely designed, and poor ventilation and damp wood can create a smoky, hazardous indoor environment day after day. A recent study in The Lancet estimates that 3.5 million people die each year as a result of indoor air pollution from open fires or rudimentary stoves in their homes.

More than 900,000 people die from pneumonia alone, which has been linked to indoor air pollution. University of Washington engineers hope to make a dent in these numbers by designing a cookstove that meets a stringent set of emission and efficiency standards while still being affordable and attractive to families who cook over a flame each day. Home. School Compost Programs: Pathways to Success. Organic Energy Corporation Home. Green Schools Alliance.

Eight NYC Public Schools Compost and Reduce Volume of Cafeteria Garbage by 85% New York, NY - A cafeteria composting pilot program in eight public schools on Manhattan’s Upper West Side concluded successfully today – the last day of school.

Eight NYC Public Schools Compost and Reduce Volume of Cafeteria Garbage by 85%

The pilot, launched on February 27, 2012, was designed to test the viability of separating and composting food waste – including meat and dairy, kitchen scraps, and sugar cane food service trays. The program diverted 450 pounds of food waste from landfill daily and reduced the volume of cafeteria garbage by 85% across the eight pilot schools.

“This fantastic endeavor succeeded because of the vision, collaboration and dedication of the workers, parents, and school professionals,” said District 3 Council Member Gale A. Brewer, at a June 19 awards ceremony honoring NYC Department Of Education (DOE) custodial, School Food and teaching staff who were involved in the pilot. Since the composting program began, the eight schools have jointly eliminated more than 1,900 Styrofoam trays from the waste stream. Green Schools. Smallscaleguidance. Why Composting? - Cornell Composting. (You can click on the photos to view them in larger form.)

Why Composting? - Cornell Composting

Composting is a topic of growing interest in schools throughout the country. Why composting? There are a number of reasons. Composting provides a partial solution to an issue of great concern in many communities. All around the country, landfills are filling up, garbage incineration is becoming increasingly unpopular, and other waste disposal options are becoming ever harder to find. Composting provides a way not only of reducing the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of, but also of converting it into a product that is useful for gardening, landscaping, or house plants. By addressing the solid waste issue, composting provides a way of instilling in children a sense of environmental stewardship. School Composting: Teachers Love It—and It Saves Schools Money. Schools across America are increasingly adopting a practice that not only saves them thousands of dollars and benefits the environment, but offers students hands-on projects that correspond to the curriculum at every grade level.

School Composting: Teachers Love It—and It Saves Schools Money

Surprisingly enough, this sensational practice is composting. Early to the green bin game, San Francisco already had the infrastructure in the '90s to be the first to place the receptacles in school cafeterias, and now at least 80 percent of the city's public schools have them. Not surprisingly, of the other districts with strong school composting programs are Portland and Seattle, as well as many other districts in Oregon and Washington state. Tamar Hurwitz, environmental education manager at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, says she's shared start-up information with many municipalities, like Cambridge, MA, Denver, CO, and even rural Bellingham, WA.

But there are further economic benefits to the process. But the benefits hardly stop there. From waste to rich organic compost or the Pro-Grow journey - Pro-Grow. From waste to rich organic compost or the Pro-Grow journey...

From waste to rich organic compost or the Pro-Grow journey - Pro-Grow

Ever wondered how we produce compost from garden waste? Pro-Grow is made using a completely natural process. We only add water and air in order to create the perfect conditions for the micro-organisms which are naturally present in the material to break down the organic matter and create a really high quality compost product. After it all, we guarantee high quality organic compost that has been continually controlled to ensure we offer the best product to our customers. Our Production Sites. Blog - What is the Soil Food Web? - Soils Alive, Inc. - Organic Lawn Care - Dallas, TX. Products Archive - Heidelberg Farms. New York City and School Districts Across the Country Form Urban School Food Alliance to Serve Healthier Meals and Keep Costs Down - 2012-2013.

The New York City Department of Education today announced a partnership with other school districts to form the Urban School Food Alliance to encourage the healthy meals while keeping costs down.

New York City and School Districts Across the Country Form Urban School Food Alliance to Serve Healthier Meals and Keep Costs Down - 2012-2013

New York City, with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools, Dallas Independent School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Orange County Public Schools in Orlando will coordinate menus to improve purchasing power from food providers so that costs are kept low. The initiative will serve the same lunch menus across the six school districts, which together represent 2.9 million daily lunches served a day - of which 860,000 are served in New York City. Today’s lunch will include roasted chicken, brown rice with seasoned black beans, steamed green broccoli, fresh fruit and assorted milk. “Our goal is to offer our students nutritious and delicious meals while keeping costs down,” said Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm.

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution. Photo Nothing seemed special about the plates from which students at a handful of Miami schools devoured their meals for a few weeks last spring — round, rigid and colorless, with four compartments for food and a fifth in the center for a carton of milk.

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution

Looks, however, can be deceiving: They were the vanguard of what could become an environmental revolution in schools across the United States. Compostable window film in mailing envelopes. Biodegradable window film. Biodegradable window film is made from either cellulose acetate or Polydactyl acid commonly referred to as "PLA".

Biodegradable window film

Glassine is also available as biodegradable window. However, due to its instability and lack of clarity, it is not recommended for any mailing subject to USPS automation equipment. Biodegradable Plastic is a degradable in which the degradation must result from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as fungi or bacteria. Compostable Plastic is a which undergoes biological degradation during composting at a rate consistent which other know compostable materials leaving no visually distinguishable or toxic residues. PLA is a bioplastic which is made from really renewable resources such as corn, soybeans, potato, etc.

Cellulose acetate is made from processed wood pulp. How To Make A Worm Farm < OpenTutorial. This tutorial explains How to Make a Worm Farm.

How To Make A Worm Farm < OpenTutorial

Worm farms can be an effective method of composting materials, for use in gardening, and a great source of fishing bait. Worm farms can also be a fun learning project for kids. Worms can do wonders for the garden: they aerate the soil and their castings are an excellent fertilizer. To get a constant supply of this worm fertilizer as well as extra worms for the garden, start a worm farm. Waste Optimization – Day 17. Time flies when you’re having fun! Here we are at Day 17 in our Waste Optimization Challenge. Although most of the results were fairly predictable, it’s still been really interesting to see how things have progressed over the last couple of weeks. All the once-frozen carrots have now disappeared, and it doesn’t look like the last group (added fresh) is going to last much longer. Day 0 Day 6. Eight NYC Public Schools Compost and Reduce Volume of Cafeteria Garbage by 85%

Composting at School 0307. School Composting: Teachers Love It—and It Saves Schools Money. NYC, Miami and 27 other large School districts are ditching Styrofoam trays. I have shared with the Board the following article from The New York Times, Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution, and then emailed them my comments below. Dear Board, I hope you all had a lovely and peaceful Thanksgiving break and I commend you for spending so much of your time on School issues. I had planned to come tonight to present this, but don’t have a sitter to come over, so I am submitting my remarks here via email for your attention. I am excited to be working with Dr Korostoff on teaching the children about Recycling and Source Separation through every day repetition. There are some fabulous things in the making. I had spent a lot of time in the past years focusing on the Styrofoam issue, but I see now that the only solution to this problem is going away from the material.

Mayor Bloomberg did and now all 1,500 NYC schools have switched away from Styrofoam to compostable trays. NYC uses the commercial composting plant on Riker’s Island. Sincerely, Like this: Cafeteria Composting Manual for printing. At School, Turning Good Food Into Perfectly Good Compost. Slide Show One by one, the children at Public School 30 on Staten Island dumped their uneaten bananas into a bin in the back of their raucous cafeteria, each greenish-yellow missile landing with a thud. Thud. Thud. Promising Practices. A Good Idea Description The Compost Club in a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing carbon output through composting and vermiculture. The organization works with and supports local schools to construct composting systems.

Plan. First Awesome Food Grant! Compost Mobile of Miami—Collecting Food Scraps from Home Kitchens. Awesome Food is superexcited to announce that its inaugural micro-grant of $1,000 has been awarded to CompostMobile, a residential compost service based in Miami, Florida that provides a home pick-up service for food scraps that are then delivered to urban farms and community gardens. Compost Mobile, which is a project of the non-profit UP-Lab, was chosen out almost 600 applications submitted to the first round of Awesome Food call for proposals.

“We think CompostMobile is awesome because it’s making a difference at the ground level,” said Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks who is one of the Awesome Food trustees. Home Composting. Important Global Message The Miami-Dade County Portal will be undergoing maintenance starting at 11 p.m. Green Print. South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District – SDSWCD – In-Vessel Composting and Environmental Conservation. Green Yards Miami. Water Conservation - Landscape Irrigation Evaluations. Important Global Message The Miami-Dade County Portal will be undergoing maintenance starting at 11 p.m. Saturday, May 3 and for all of Sunday, May 4. Intermittent outages may be experienced. We apologize for any inconvenience. Low-Maintenace landscape Plants for South Florida - Miami-Dade Extension. Retrofit_guide.pdf. UF/IFAS Extension: Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program - Yard Recognition Photos.

Beach Pebbles, Pebble Tiles & Exotic Stones (Olimar Stone) Bernie's Rock & Garden - Pebbles. Locate & Find Wholesale Plants. BioCharWorks. Biochar Companies & Organizations. The Permaculture Project LLC. Florida Native Plant Society. FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf. FYN_Handbook_vSept09.pdf. FFL-help-design-the-future.pdf. Florida Yards & Neighborhoods - UF/IFAS Extension: Solutions for Your Life - BMP Training Request Thank you. FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf. Assessments - UF/IFAS Assessment - University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida Weed Identification. Mr. Fox Composting. Compost Startup Helps Restaurants Cut Costs. Compost Use - Nature's Way to Grow. WasteLess: Low Cost Compost Bins for NYC Residents. City Soil - Urban agriculture is rooted in City Soil. Plant. Landscaper Permit. Any person engaged in the business of creating or maintaining landscaped areas, including tree trimming and tree removal, is required to obtain a landscaper permit.

Miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/old/programs/urbanhort/publications/PDF/Certified Arborist List.pdf. The Landscape Show - Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association. Search. Florida Landscaping-License Licenses and Florida Permits. Www.floridayards.org/landscape/FYN-Handbook.pdf. FOR285/FR347: Miami-Dade County's Urban Forests and Their Ecosystem Services. Francisco Escobedo, Joy Klein, Micah Pace, Henry Mayer, and Sebastian Varela2 An urban forest is composed of all the trees, palms, and associated vegetation in and around human settlements on both public and private lands.

The urban forest in Miami-Dade County provides residents with ecosystem services (i.e., ecological processes and functions that are important for human well-being) such as air pollution reduction, stormwater control, and energy savings, as well as other social benefits like crime reduction, increased real estate values, and improved livability. To maximize the benefits from urban forests, one must also consider, and minimize, the associated costs of long-term maintenance activities such as pruning and debris removal, costs related to health effects from the human allergenic reactions to certain species, and other costs as well.

Landscape-code-chapter18A.pdf. Harvest Public Media. Harvest Public Media. Solid Waste Source-Separated Organics Processing Facilities Database Page. Composting, Zero Waste On NYC’s Governors Island « « BioCycle BioCycle. Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria. Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill. Harvest Public Media. Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers. Food waste. New York Plants Curbside Gardens to Soak Up Storm-Water Runoff. Chapter 62-709 Criteria for the Production and Use of Compost Made from Solid Waste Rule Forms. Recycling Program Resource Links Page. 62-709 : CRITERIA FOR ORGANICS PROCESSING AND RECYCLING FACILITIES - Florida Administrative Rules, Law, Code, Register - FAC, FAR, eRulemaking. Solid Waste Facility Documents Search Results. Solid Waste Source-Separated Organics Processing Facilities Database Page.

Compost Systems & Composting Bins - O2 Compost. Composting, Zero Waste On NYC’s Governors Island « « BioCycle BioCycle. A Great Big Food Garden Tax Break & Stimulus Package. A Great Big Food Garden Tax Break & Stimulus Package. Soil Secrets. Compost - Commercial Veggie Scrap Composting. Waste Composition & Generation Studies - Kessler Consulting - Waste management consulting services.