For three decades, Stanford students have run co-operative living spaces in Palo Alto houses named after Grateful Dead songs. House culture emphasizes sustainable living and sharing chores. View the video.
Residents of single-family homes in Palo Alto will soon be able to compost food scraps in a bid to divert thousands of tons of waste from the landfill.
The United States generates more than 21 tons of food waste annually, and some of it is not compostable. A Stanford earth science student examines the garbage disposal versus the landfill to determine the most eco-friendly disposal route.
Palo Alto voters approved Measure E, reallocating 10 acres of Bxybee Park for the possible construction of a new composting facility.
Outdoor composting is possible in any climate, and especially benefit gardens in the most extreme soils and temperatures.
In the United States, 34 million tons of food goes to waste each year. In 2009, only 1 million tons of that was recycled. But many Bay Area restaurants have found ways to waste not.
Milpitas residents say sewage fumes from the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant are wafting into their city. The San Jose City Council will vote whether to pay for renovations.
Werner Rogmans, owner of Stanford Floral Design, championed green waste composting. But his small business can no longer afford the city’s $100 monthly composting fees, so his clippings now go to waste.