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Waste Matters

2010-2011 PARTNERS: CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL- IRVING PARK CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

In partnership with the Chicago International Charter School – Irving Park Campus, ARCHEWORKS developed prototypes and programs to support the school’s “Zero Waste” plan for integrated recycling and composting systems. The team designed several composter prototypes at various scales, including a year-round medium-scale composter that processes the school’s organic compostable food scraps and other materials. To support the school’s goal of preparing youth to become life-long ecological citizens, ARCHEWORKS also created supplemental classroom curriculum that ties student learning to Zero Waste principles.

The project laid important groundwork for a public education and stewardship campaign to inspire students, teachers, parents, and the surrounding neighborhood to embrace core principles of resource conservation and waste reduction. This awareness campaign made an important first step for engaging the school, other community stakeholders and institutional anchors in a sustainable food and waste system. The team’s neighborhood engagement efforts included a foodshed mapping project supported by a team of undergraduate urban planning students at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Project Funders: National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago International Charter School, Polk Bros. Foundation, Ho-Chou Family Foundation

Click here to view and download the Wastematters! Zero-Waste Activity Workbook.

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