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July 29, 2019

Neither Created, Nor Destroyed - Waste to Energy - John Koker


"...at a young age my job involved trash..." - John Koker, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Dean

The Dean of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has found that most of his job descriptions somehow involve waste.  When he became the dean of UWO, the University made a promise to become more sustainable in 2001. Through fair trade agreements, renewable energy, and regulating waste UWO began to track how much food waste students produced per year. Universities are one of the highest producers of waste in the country. In America alone, approximately 254 billion tonnes of food waste is produced per year. This number reduces to 162 million tonnes after recycling and other waste diversions are sent to a landfill. Enormous quantities of food waste resulted in the innovation of the dry fermentation anaerobic digester. How can building such a facility help?  How does it produce energy, and how can that energy be used or stored?  John Koker explains how the dry fermentation anaerobic digester is a fantastic, under-utilized option that can help dramatically reduce university waste.


Follow John and his story by watching the 15:43 minute TED talk below


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