ZERO LANDFILL SCHOOL by Rob Vetter, High Tech High North County (HTH Foundation) verified non-profit

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Launched Oct 24, 2014
Ends Jan 22, 2015
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Category: Sciences
Class Size: 75
Grade: 9th 

With these funds I will... initiate a schoolwide compost system that will divert a great amount of compostable organic material form the landfill.  More specifically, we will be build a large six compartment compost bin for leaves and other landscaping detritus, cardboard, and other compostable items.  We will also purchase a Green Johanna composting barrel, made in Sweden, that has he ability to liquify bones, meat, cheese, and dairy waste.  Thirdly, we will both purchase and construct worm bins for use throughout the school.  The students will design, construct, and maintain all of these systems.  

Starting  a schoolwide composting program is a great place to start our journey to becoming a zero landfill school.  The funds received will be put into action immediately and the students will see an immediate reduction in the amount of waste heading to the landfill.  Once our students  tackle this problem in our high school then they will be empowered to do the same in the middle school and in the elementary school.  

The large compost bin will be made out of cedar and redwood, hardware cloth, metal roofing panels, hinges, and screws.  $800

Worm bins and worms $265

Green Johanna composter $250

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal I will purchase...materials that will be able to fulfill the needs of one aspect of the project.  The large compost bin has six separate compartments so that can be easily constructed in stages.  The same holds true for the worm bins.  Instead of building them all at once we can easily build them one at a time depending on the funding we receive.  One great aspect of this project is the ability to divide it up into manageable pieces.  

Rob Vetter

environmental engineering, High Tech High North County (HTH Foundation)

My convoluted past and great good fortune has somehow led me to HTHNC and I couldn't be happier! Many moons ago I taught in the New York City Public School System in lower Manhattan. More recently I taught at an international high school in San Salvador, El Salvador. In addition to these academic posts I also ran a construction company, owned a coffee shop, owned a corner bar, remodeled an 1860 brownstone in Jersey City, raced bicycles, worked in a foundry, was a pastry chef, baked bagels, was a line cook, worked on a rose farm, tended the bar, waited tables, and washed more than my share of dishes! In between jobs I wandered the globe with a backpack of books. Then I married a rock star and we expatriated ourselves to Central America where we surfed profusely right up until we had three glorious children in rapid succession. A strange chain of events relocated us to San Diego and, as aforementioned, we couldn't be happier! To conclude, I have a passion for science, and life in general, that I want to impart to each and every one of my students. I want to foster a lifelong curiosity for all the intricate beauty and incredible complexity that our humble existences have to offer.

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San Diego, California

High Tech High North County (HTHNC) is a public charter school which draws upon the diversity of the San Diego North County region through a random lottery acceptance system. The goal of High Tech High North County is to offer a college preparatory, project-based learning environment to 9-12 grade students. We also aim to inspire students to become civic leaders through real-world, authentic learning experiences.

Here come the red wrigglers! Our five worm bins are devouring all the natural waste our three classes generate, and then some!

March 23, 2015

A more recent photo of the compost bin. Here is our very own Pasquale NOT putting yard waste in the dumpsters!

March 23, 2015

Zero Landfill Giant Compost Bin! Find below a photo taken a few months ago of a giant compost bin that will service the entire campus. It will have five separate bins and divert a great quantity of yard waste from the landfill! Thank You for making thi

March 23, 2015

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Joel October 27, 2014

Build a composter!

Crag October 24, 2014

$1300 to go. Good luck amigo

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