Barbara Ruth brought composting to Marsh Hall!
Since coming to work for the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry (GISF), Barbara has tried to make the goal of sustainability real by reducing the food-related waste generated from events. At first, Marsh did not have sufficient composting facilities so Barbara made sure reusable plates and utensils were used instead of disposable items for the weekly Forest Forum seminars and other Marsh Hall events. She even took it upon herself to hand wash the reusable items! For larger events held in Kroon, Barbara made certain the events had compostable plates and utensils, and were composted appropriately. In February, Barbara was able to get the Office of Sustainability to provide Marsh with its own composting bin, so that all food waste in Marsh is now composted instead of sent to the landfill. She has taken it upon herself to make sure the compost is emptied out regularly.
Because the Global Institute has all the materials for composting and/or reusing dishes, Barbara hopes that other Marsh Hall residents or FESers hosting events with food at Marsh will work with her to further reduce waste at Marsh. Thanks for all your hard work in reducing waste, Barbara!