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Compost: Closing the loop on urban garbage and local farms

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Compost produced from urban food and yard waste could be “black gold” to farmers wanting to increase their yields and profits while improving soil and water quality. Washington State University Extension in Snohomish County is exploring how urbanization, long considered […]

Waste recycling solution creates energy, jobs

WSU alumni Larry Condon, former general manager and co-founder of Barr-Tech.  Photo courtesy of the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture.       Related Barr-Tech at http://www.barr-tech.net 08-27-10 Spokane Journal of Business – Barr-Tech eyes plant’s next phase Work on power-producing digester to begin soon   Sirti – Barr-Tech receives $2 million and the Sirti: Foundation receives […]

Office custodial service curbed by budget cuts

PULLMAN – In response to university budget cuts, WSU custodial services have been reduced for Pullman campus offices. Effective July 28, custodians will no longer empty trash cans in individual offices.  They will, however, still sweep, mop or vacuum offices every two weeks. All other cleaning will be up to office occupants. Employees received this […]

The problemwith methane

This photo shows the methane blankets, accentuated in bright green, extending from the Earth’s poles. Of all greenhouse gases, methane seems the most innocuous — yet it traps 23 times more heat in the atmosphere than does CO2. Atmospheric levels of methane have increased more than 150 percent since 1750 — and could double again […]