Help Design a Compost System to Service Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Jan 23, 2017 6 months ago

Calling all engineers and environmentalists, designers and dirt nerds: the City wants YOUR ideas for how to make a compost system that serves Philadelphia neighborhoods.

UCD's Dirt Factory is partnering with the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council and Institute for Local Self-Reliance in seeking designs for neighborhood-scale, in-vessel composting systems that can be used by schools and community organizations.

Successful designs will be:

  • Fully-enclosed and rodent-proof
  • Able to function year-round outdoors in Philadelphia's climate
  • One to three cubic yards in capacity
  • Easily constructed and maintained

The winner receives a $500 prize and recognition for their design by the City of Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability and the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council.

Submissions are due by March 15, 2017. Finalists' designs will be selected by March 29. The finalist will receive funding to build their design. Finished compost systems will need to be transported to a testing site in Philadelphia by April 26. Finalist compost systems will then be tested over the summer and a winner announced in Fall 2017.

Visit www.phillyfpac.org/compost for more information, including a full list of specs and requirements.

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