Boardman Glenwood Junior High has received a highly competitive $16,000 Ohio Environmental Education Fund Grant founded by the Ohio EPA. Students at the school will use the funds to reduce their waste by up to 35% by composting in an Earth Tub composting system.
The Earth Tub is 8 feet in diameter, and can handle 100 pounds of biodegradables a day. By the start of school next year, it should be fully up and running so that bags of compost will eventually be donated to community members including parents, teachers, business owners and urban/community gardens.
Glenwood 8th grade science teacher Laura Kibby applied for the OEEF General Grant where requests range from $5,000 to $50,000. Glenwood was among a group of 7 in the state receiving a total of $247,000. Some of the others were Oberlin College, Ohio University, Columbus Green Building Forum and the Toledo Zoo.
Kibby said she did a waste audit at Glenwood, and determined the Earth Tub would handle all the school’s compostable cafeteria waste. The Project will incorporate a compost day conducted by Glenwood’s H.O.P.E club members. The students in the environmental club would organize the day’s events to educate school staff and community members about the benefits of using compost.
“Using compost is a much more sustainable way to add nutrients to lawns, gardens and other natural areas. Using the compost to teach lessons and provide for the community will help reduce stress on our local waterways and create healthier lakes and streams for all to enjoy,” said Kibby.