Building upon SGA’s work over the past several years to support food scrap composting system integration and education in to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), CPS Zero Waste is a collaboration between CPS and SGA to scale up composting and other waste reduction strategies across the district. SGA is working directly with CPS Director of Energy and Sustainability Sandrine Schultz and JLL Consultant Madeleine Sims on the initiative. SGA’s work is funded by Peoples Gas and Food:Land:Opportunity (Chicago Community Trust and the Kindship Foundation), and includes:

  • • Supporting SGA’s original 14 pilot schools with maintaining and improving their food scrap collection/compost hauling operations
  • • Adding 10 new pilot schools to the mix
  • • Working with CPS and partners to figure out strategies for scaling up composting and waste reduction across the district, including: policies; standard operating procedures; training; economic feasibility; determining who’s responsible for different labor components; and exploring opportunities to synch up hauling routes with the City of Chicago. Stay tuned!