Compost: Social Sustainability
- The University Compost Facility has ongoing relationships with the many campus entities it collects waste from: ISU Dining, ISU Campus Services, Reiman Gardens, the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Farm, the BioCentury Research Farm, the Horticulture Research Station, the USDA North Central Region Plant Introduction Station and the Animal Science Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine and Equine farms.
- Of the eight on-site hoop barns, one is used for making compost used for organic agriculture research projects. In collaboration with the Agronomy Department, the University Compost Facility meets the USDA's national guidelines for organic compost to ensure researchers can use this material for their organic projects.
- To share its knowledge, the University Compost Facility regularly conducts tours and on-site presentations. In the past it has hosted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Ames Chamber of Commerce, visitors from other countries and school groups of all ages.