Addressing sustainability issues within our local food systems.

In 2014 EWB Western was given a challenge to make an impact on a social and environmental issue within our local food system. By focusing our efforts on organic waste, the Food Systems team believes we can make a measurable effect on Western’s carbon footprint.
Plan of Action
Through a partnership with Western Sustainability, Hospitality Services, the Undergraduate Engineering Society and the Faculty of Engineering, EWB Western has set up a student run organic waste initiative in the Spencer Engineering Building. The goal of our initiative is to increase the use of Western’s organic waste bins, educate students about the benefit of composting and prove that organic waste can be expanded throughout our community.
organic waste facts
• Organic waste at Western is sent to Harvest Power, a unique facility in London that uses organics to generate carbon neutral electricity.

• Western currently collects 218 tonnes of organic waste per year, generating 15 kWh of energy.

• If organic waste is sent to landfills it will release Methane gas, a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 21 times greater than Carbon Dioxide.

• Due to improper disposal of organic waste, Canadian landfills account for 20% of national Methane emissions

where can i compost?

Da Vinci's
The central eatery in SEB and our central collection location. The bin at Da Vinci’s will be emptied by Hospitality Services staff on a daily basis.
Staff Lounge
Making it convenient for staff to make a sustainable choice every day. This bin will be emptied into the Da Vinci’s bin by staff and student volunteers
Raising awareness within the student population. Along with a bin that will be emptied by student volunteers, the UES will be used as the EWB Organics education center.