Discarded food, buried in a pile with no oxygen, produces methane, a greenhouse gas about 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide, the most frequently identified culprit in climate change.
This article is the third in a series on how people in our area are responding to the environmental imperatives outlined in Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.
At the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center on March 14, members of Woodstock Transition and the Woodstock Library held a forum on the Project Drawdown Eco-challenge. This initiative invites people to form teams, decide what actions they want to take, and then, from April 3 to 24, record their actions through a website that will compile results.
If you have an old air conditioner, don’t just toss it in the dumpster; it could rupture. The refrigerants used in air conditioners have from 1400 to over 2000 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Composting has the potential to remove an estimated 25 to 30 percent of material going into our waste stream in the form of food scraps.