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 Food Waste Recycling Project

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  • Overview
  • Working Group
  • Project Accomplishments
  • Awards and Recognition

The Food Waste Recycling Project continues Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s long standing commitment to sustainability as a campus-wide ongoing collaborative project that offers deep, cross-disciplinary, experiential student learning via an innovative solution for CGCC’s food and green waste. Students play an integral role throughout this process, which offers a unique opportunity to practice translational science, bringing new ideas to the public while fostering critical thinking and confidence in their innovative potential. The larger scope of the project requests that each subsequent semester will provide other valuable and unique opportunities to carry out projects that will grow the Food Waste Recycling Project beyond the CGCC campuses and into the Maricopa community.

Campus-wide efforts have included full-time and adjunct faculty, facility operations, food service, marketing, and media to optimize the student learning experience for this ever expanding project. The cross-disciplinary nature of the project took flight beginning in the fall of 2018 when students across such disciplines as biology, English, and engineering began participating in the program through semester-long supporting projects, including:

  • studying the broad impacts of food waste on the environment
  • analyzing and modifying campus community behavior around food waste sorting
  • designing and constructing a pilot food waste digester machine
  • selecting the microbes needed to perform the biotransformation process in the food waste digester machine
  • testing the effects of the organic liquid fertilizer on plants
Team members:
  • Dr. Yvonne Reineke (Residential Faculty, English
  • Bassam Matar (Residential Faculty, Engineering)
  • Dr. Miriam Kleinman (Adjunct Faculty, Biology)
  • Kanapathipillai Prabakara
    (Adjunct Faculty, Mechanical Engineering)
  • Charlie Poure
    (Director of Facilities, Retired )
  • Joshua Doddroe
    (Manager, Building Operations)
  • Jay Linford(Environmental Technology Center Technician)

Contributing team members:
  • Dr. Patrick Williams (Residential Faculty: English)
  • Dr. Mickey Marsee (Residential Faculty: English)
  • Mary Beth Burgoyne (Residential Faculty: Library)
  • Trina Larson (Project Manager, Administrative Services)
  • Raquel Gonzalez (Marketing Manager)
  • Markus Fossett (CGCC Coyote Cafe: Director)
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Photo from left: 
Top - Bassam Matar, Yvonne Reineke, Kanapathipillai Prabakaran

Bottom - Jay Linford, Miriam Kleinman, Michele Marsee, Mary Beth Burgoyne

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