The following text is the latest installment in a series of articles introducing the people and projects that make up Seeds of Change, the latest fundraising initiative from the McGill Alma Mater Fund.
Biting off more than we can chew
We’re all guilty of it: After a hard morning of classes, you head over to Shatner for lunch and, belly growling, you treat yourself to the large combo from Frank’s Supreme – you know, the one with the poutine and the extra hot dog.
You dig in. But before long, thoughts of the freshman (or sophomore, or junior) 15 creep into your head and you end up throwing out half of your meal. You then feel a pang of guilt, because your mother always told you that it’s wrong to waste food.
If this sounds like you, take heart. It’s Gorilla Composting to the rescue!
Clean up crew
At Seeds of Change, we’ll admit that our eyes are also sometimes bigger than our stomachs. And, yes, from time to time we hear our moms admonishing us for not cleaning our plates. So, needless to say, we were ecstatic to meet the team behind Gorilla Composting.
Their name plays on the idea of “guerilla tactics,” because the group feels that “there is no standard process for making McGill environmentally accountable.” Puns aside, this group doesn’t monkey around when it comes to reducing the University’s food waste by providing composting services to campus restaurants and McGill students.
FYI: Composting converts a large portion of your food waste (i.e. those leftover cheese curds) into healthy soil. A byproduct of natural recycling, composting helps gardens grow instead of emitting greenhouse gases and taking up landfill space.
So, cheer up! Even though you ordered a little too much, Gorilla Composting helps turn your minor indiscretion into something positive.
Getting their hands even dirtier
This is a particularly exciting time for Gorilla Composting. With McGill’s Office of Sustainability, they just installed a new industrial-sized composter, known as Big Hanna, on campus. Their new biodegrading behemoth is the largest of its kind in Canada, and processing is slated to begin in the winter of 2010.
Funds raised through Seeds of Change will help the Gorilla Composting team take things up yet another branch. Their long-term goal is to work with the University administration to create a campus-wide composting culture and the necessary infrastructure to make sure that every McGill building can participate.
Please note: no gorillas were hurt in the writing of this post. The only casualty is the perception that McGill students are apathetic.
Visit the Seeds of Change website after March 15, 2010 to learn more about how you can help Gorilla Composting.