In a collaboration with the City of Dubuque, the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, and the Dubuque Colleges Sustainability Coalition, Clarke University will host a traveling display on composting in the Wahlert Atrium November 7 –11.
The display celebrates the active composting program found at each of the Dubuque area colleges, as well as city and regional efforts. Clarke has contributed to this mission by offering composting through the Dining Hall..
According to a 2017 study done by the Iowa Natural Resource Department, 30.6% of Iowan landfills are filled with organic materials that could otherwise be composted. That statistic helped prompt a proactive response from Clarke.
By offering composting services at Clarke, we not only make an institutional impact, but we demonstrate our core values to our students through commitment to the common good. Even a small action like scraping your plate into a different bin can make a long-term difference. At Clarke, we use our compost in our community gardens, so it benefits all of campus in a meaningful way.
For those living off Clarke’s campus, the city offers low-cost options to compost with DMASWA, starting at just $1 a month for food scraps from residential areas and $4 for businesses. More information about the city’s composting program can be found at https://www.cityofdubuque.org/502/Yard-Waste-Food-Scraps
Learn more about this and other campus sustainability efforts at clarke.edu/sustainability.