Learning to Compost: The Efficacy of Experiential Leaning in Participatory Green Spaces to Improve Compost Participation

Authors: Carly Sheinberg*, Pace University
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Environment
Keywords: education, environment, waste, compost, learning
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Research has shown that there is a minimal relationship between traditional education and behavior change in terms of encouraging participation in waste management, such as composting food scraps. The goal of this research is to determine if approaching compost education via “experiential” or “hands-on” education in compost activities can influence participation to a greater extent than traditional education. Semi-structured, qualitative interviews were conducted with leaders from 7 different organizations related to composting and compost education. Additionally, data is being collected through a survey of NYC residents who participate in local food scrap drop off services. Preliminary analysis suggests that experiential learning does indeed play a role in encouraging participation, but the extent to which this is significant has yet to be determined. This research is intended to help identify the best education practices to improve the overall quality of waste management procedures.

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