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Sustainability Clubs

Compost Clubhouse connects with all Sustainability Clubs and recently explored service projects with Dublin Coffman High School for the coming year. Senior youth leader, Cici Jobe, heads Dublin Coffman’s high school Environmental Club where her passion for scale and solutions of a greener future is beyond impressive! Together, the clubs worked to plan events and design spirit wear around Earth Day 2022. They collected volunteers to lead a Composting 101 class. The clubs discussed a future composting event at Dublin’s recreation center to raise awareness and to engage more youth and the entire community.

If you want your sustainability club to join forces with Compost Clubhouse to discuss service projects for your high school, please contact us at

Sustainable Practice

Compost Clubhouse launches our first school-wide food waste program with a wonderful partner, the Wellington School in Upper Arlington. In October, Wellington began collecting food waste in the “back of the house”, where food is prepared by a well-led kitchen team, serving over 700 daily lunches. This month they set in motion Phase II, in the “front of house.” Compost bins are now available for food waste disposal at lunchtime to all grades, pre-K thru 12th.

Joya Elmore, Director of Gardens for Environment-Based Learning, worked with division educators in preparation for this change in their lunchtime routine. Signage was created and placed on each lunchroom table as well as taped to disposal bins of both landfill and compost. Young people are our fastest learners. Emptying their leftovers with ease into the compost bins as if it is the only way will create a life-long habit for a healthier environment.

Emptying their leftovers with ease into the compost bins as if it is the only way will start a life-long habit. With this simple sustainable practice, kids grow up knowing that food does not belong in the trash and it will contribute to a healthier environment.

Sustainable Reminder

Don’t forget: Peel off those labels before you compost your fruits and vegetables! As you know, our produce is over-tagged with UPC codes and product numbers printed on little plastic stickers. These produce stickers will never, ever, ever decompose in a compost pile. Stickers are made of plastic resin.

The easiest way to ensure every single one of those fruit stickers stays out of compost is by peeling them off your produce as soon as you bring them home from the grocery store or market. This way, you won’t have to deal with them throughout the week. Be sure to put the stickers in the landfill-bound garbage, because in addition to not being compostable or biodegradable, fruit stickers are also not recyclable.

What’s happening in your school cafeteria or sustainable club?

Reach out to see if Compost Clubhouse can help. Students lead the initiatives and more and more Columbus-area youth are choosing to practice daily food diversion. Youth leaders teach their schools and communities about this simple, healthy habit.

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