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Remember how I said I was Environmental Club president? Well, it’s time to get back on my game and start shamelessly promoting some events.
First, we have our annual Recyclemania campaign running from February 2nd – March 29th, so there will be periodic trivia and prizes for that.  Recyclemania is basically a nationwide competition for colleges to see who can recycle the most…I’ll be real with you, Fontbonne probably isn’t gonna win any prizes running against the big dogs, but we get free stuff for signing up and it helps raise awareness, so I’m all about it.
Also in February – the 17th through the 21st – will be our first shot at “No Impact Week”, which involves signing up people to do one or more sustainable activities for at least one week. We’ll document their success/failure based on social media posts and give a prize at the end. Come find us on the 17th to sign up!! We’ll be in DSAC and Ryan Hall during lunch and dinner.
Further ahead, we’ll have a eco-friendly make-your-own spring cleaners event in March, and then our big ticket item, the Environmental Fair, will be in April. That’s the lineup for my last semester as Environmental Club president, and I wanna do it big. Come support us!

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Stephany

Why Compost?

by Stephany on November 26, 2013

in Our Causes

Compost is the product that results after the decomposition of organic waste (certain food waste). This product can be used to make nutrient rich soil for plants to grow. There are two reasons why we should compost:

1. To avoid dumping tons of food in landfills. Americans waste 29 million tons of food every day.

2. To reuse food waste in order to make nutrient rich soil for plants to grow.

First graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center and Fontbonne University’s Dietetic Students are among some of the few in this area that compost their food waste.

Here is what you need to know about compost:

1. Compost reduces waste and improves soil.
2. You need nitrogen and carbon for your compost to work. Nitrogen rich materials are known as the “brown stuff” (i.e. grass clippings). Carbon rich materials are your green stuff (i.e. left over foods). You need a correct balance of the two in order for compost to work. Usually it is a ratio of 25:1 (Carbon: Nitrogen).
3. Do not compost dairy products, meats, fish, or any other animal product/waste. The smell can attract rodents and insects.
4. Do not compost insect infested plants or herbs.
5. Compost egg shells, anything made out of flour like breads and pasta), nuts, apple core, leftover fruits and vegetables.
6. Do not compost sauces, gravy, or dressings.

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As many of you know, Fontbonne has a dedicated semester every fall. This year’s dedicated semester theme is sustainability. During the past dedicated semesters, I had not made it to many of the on campus events. Not because I didn’t want to, but because it is very difficult to make it because of class and job conflicts. This semester I am making it a point to make it to as many of the events as I can. So far I have made it to two events: the showing of the movie, Carbon Nation, and a presentation given about the ecovillage in The Central West End. I can say that I am really glad I attended both events because they really opened my eyes to the immediate threats of global warming and how our planet is rapidly changing. I would highly encourage everyone to make it to at least one dedicated semester event, even if it may be a little out of your element. You may be really surprised at what you can learn and take away from it!

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Well now that it’s officially summer, ironically I’ve begun to think a bit ahead to the start of the next school year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fully enjoying all my luscious free time by running, baking, crafting, reading, tanning, etc. etc. – But there are definitely a few things I’m excited about for next semester! First of all, I think I’ve got a good batch of interesting classes coming up, like Advanced Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and my Dietetics Internship Prep seminar. I’m also pumped to be living on campus in my favorite little 3rd floor suite. But most of all, I’m excited about the Fall 2013 Dedicated Semester: SUSTAINABILITY!!!!!

I just got my t-shirt:

As president of the Environmental Club, I’ve been part of the planning committee  for the past couple of months, and I’m happy to see it all coming together. We’ve got some great stuff coming up, so I hope you’re all as excited as I am! And don’t worry, you know I’ll keep you posted with lots of shameless plugs. But for now, enjoy summer!

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