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Dickinson College receives EPA funding to support bio-digester project

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Dickinson’s College Farm in Philadelphia, US, is one of 12 recipients to receive a share of approximately $3 million (€2.55 million) of funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explore anaerobic digestion (AD) and food waste opportunities.

The $300,000 (€255,000) grant was allocated to Dickinson to help reduce food loss and waste and to divert food waste from landfills by expanding AD capacity in the US.

Ken Shultes, associate vice-president for sustainability and facilities planning at Dickinson, said the grant will support the College Farm’s bio-digester project, which converts cow manure and food waste into electricity.

“This innovative project has so many important outcomes, including carbon reduction, improved water quality, landfill waste diversion, community engagement, cost savings, and educational value,” said Shultes.

“After three years of research, planning, and design, it’s great to see this sustainability project coming together.”

The AD funding opportunity forms part of the US EPA’s efforts and contributions to the ‘Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative’ – a partnership between the EPA, the US Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration, to reduce food loss and waste through individual and combined federal action.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler commented: “Finding solutions to better curb food waste continues to be a top priority for the Trump Administration.

“This year’s round of innovative community projects is focusing on ways to reduce food waste at the local and state levels and divert it from landfills.”