Hop on the Happy MicroOrganism Compost Train


Hop on the Happy MicroOrganism Compost TrainThree students from UW-Stout were named finalists in a national college competition to invent campus greening projects. Jason Burbank of Menomonie; Tobias Leidke of Hildesheim, Germany; and Tim Parmer of Brooklyn Park, Minn., entered the Ecomagination Challenge with their Happy MicroOrganism Compost Train.The three art students studying industrial design created a simple and efficient system for composting large amounts of campus food waste. The UW-Stout campus produces about 53 tons of food waste a year, and it is deposited in a landfill outside of Eau Claire. The students’ innovative composting system requires less energy and labor than other composting systems currently available. Contest judges selected 10 finalists from more than 100 entries. Also making the list were student teams from MIT and University of Michigan. View the presentation online at www.uwstout.edu/alumni/outlook

Summer Outlook 2012