Velo: To go cycling
Compost: Decayed organic material used as a plant fertilizer
VeloComposting: A new program at Northern Arizona University using bicycles to collect and transport organic matter to create compost for use in gardens on campus.
VeloComposting operated as a subsidiary of NAU Composting during the Fall 2012 semester. With the collaborative efforts of Patrick Pfeifer of NAU Composting and his staff, NAU Grounds and Capital Assets, Cat Sullivan and other staff at Sodexo and NAU Dining, and other people I may not have mentioned, NAU Composting became institutionalized in the Winter of 2012. The University took over costs and operations as of the Winter 2012.
NAU Composting and VeloComposting proved their skills and services were of value to the overall operations of the University as well as to its sustainability and resilience, and public image. This transformation within the bureaucracy of NAU can be directly attributed to the hard work of people at the grassroots level and effective interfacing and collaboration with the University. This success comes after a similar event with the adoption of the SSLUG garden and subsequent funding of a salaried Campus Organic Gardener position in 2011.
The VeloComposting ART now has the exciting opportunity to reach out to the greater community to identify needs and interest in composting in the public realm. Furthermore, VeloComposting can now share its experiences from throughout the development process as well as its transition into institutionalization.