Starting Something Good

In 2010, I received a call from Hope Marshall and Vince McCann of the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division. They were spearheading an effort to reduce food waste from the landfill.

Over the next several months, we worked together with the Sonoma County Detention Facility on Airport Boulevard to build and install a vermicomposting system. The system was built by staff and inmates, associated with an excellent Jail Industries ROP program that allows inmates to receive their GED under the skilled instruction of Rick Stearnes.

The system has been phenomenally successful. The facility has diverted nearly 20 tons of food scraps and taught valuable skills related to the recycling  and landscaping trade. You can see an example of the bin I design at 2300 County Center Drive, the site for the administrative office for the Energy and Sustainability Division.

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