May 29 observes Composting Day, a worldwide event celebrating sustainability and care of the environment. Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.
As part of the SND “Go Green” initiative, individual gardeners both on and offsite have begun practicing composting. Sister Debra Doig, Director of Facilities, Grounds and Transportation at the Notre Dame Education Center, explains, “All of our efforts are designed to embrace our call to be good stewards of God’s gift to us–this beautiful world. It has been said that ‘sustainability is all about promoting and encouraging sound environmental awareness to ensure we are all aware of our environmental responsibilities.’ Environmentally sustainable awareness, coupled with the need to protect our natural world, promotes our goal of retaining and maintaining good, sound, sustainable practices as a way to show our reverence and respect for God’s love for us through all creation.”
According to the Earth Day Network, by composting kitchen scraps and yard trimmings, you can limit the amount of food you waste and help reduce your impact on landfills by as much as 25%! Composting is practical, convenient and fun to set up. You can join the movement by creating your own composting system or take the pledge to start composting.