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Composting Begins at the Penn Museum

March 20, 2013

Visitors to the Penn Museum who enjoy a meal in the Pepper Mill Café can be assured that if they do not clean their plates, the waste will not end up in a landfill. Thanks to a Fall 2012 Green Fund grant, the museum has begun a composting program. Penn Museum's Director of Building Operations, Brian McDevitt, said that a pig farm in nearby Sewell, NJ, will receive the food waste and process it as food for their animals. As the leader of this project, Mr. McDevitt is enthusiastic about its potential to be good for the environment and save in other waste disposal costs.

Penn's Green Fund seeds innovative ideas from Penn students, faculty, and staff with one-time grants of as much as $50,000. To read about all Green Fund projects visit the Green Campus Partnership website.

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