Cornell Waste Management Institute

Program or topic

Cornell Waste Management Institute

Department(s) or unit(s)

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Contact information

Jean Bonhotal
Senior Extension Associate, Crop and Soil Sciences
(607) 255-8444

Program goals

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions associated with fertilizer inputs on farms by using composted organic residuals.

Brief Description

Cornell Waste Management Institute develops and shares research-based knowledge to help stakeholders – from farmers to policymakers – make sound decisions on managing organic residuals. The production and transportation of synthetic agricultural fertilizers contributes to the release of significant amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. CWMI helps relieve this environmental stress and provide farmers with sustainable fertilizer alternatives through the design and implementation of waste management programs including various composting strategies to turn “waste” into valuable agricultural fertilizers while reducing emissions associated with its disposal.

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Key publications:

Bonhotal, J.F., Harrison, E.Z., Schwarz, M., Gruttadaurio, J. Petrovic, A. Martin. 2007. Using Manure-Based Composts in Turf Maintenance. Cornell Waste Management Institute.

Schwarz, M., Bassuk, N., Bonhotal, J., and Harrison, E.Z. 2007. Highly Compacted Soils Improved by Compost Use. BioCycle. 48(7):55-56.

Category: Agriculture/Farming, Bio-energy/-fuel/-gas, Dairy and other livestock, Energy, Greenhouse gasses, aerosols, Soil/fertilizer/manure

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