End of 2018 Summary

With Winter Break in full swing, and the holidays and New Year around the corner, we present a year in review recap of the biodigester project


  • December 20, 2017: The FOR Solutions Model 1000 Composting System is delivered to campus. 
  • April 2018: Installation Acceptance Test completed to insure the correct electrical set-up and proper rotation of the biodigester’s mechanical systems
  • May 2018: Arrival and waterproofing of lifter and other operational items
  • July 2018: System receives UL Certification
  • September 2018: Electric inspection and town code inspections completed
  • September 18, 2018: Biodigester becomes operational with the first loading of food scraps from Frist Campus Center and campus cafes
  • December 2018: Project expands to include food scraps from Scully Co-op
  • December 14, 2018: Last system loading of 2018
  • December 20, 2018: Last off-loading of compost of 2018


  • Over 16 tons of food scraps converted into nutrient-rich compost
  • Engaged 14 undergraduate students as operational assistants
  • 15 presentations/tours
  • 3 related student course reports 


  • Plans to grow project by setting up additional campus food scraps collection locations
  • Project logo!
  • Experimental testing of different compost products (e.g. blends, teas) and applications across campus
  • Cost-Benefit, Life Cycle Analysis and additional research efforts

Happy Holidays and New Year!

Stay tuned for updates in 2019.