Rounding Out the Waste Cycle: TMMK's On-Site Greenhouse
Our own geodesic dome sits on the lawn of the 508 Utility Building as TMMK’s greenhouse. The greenhouse, called a Growing Dome, is a pre-fabricated unit, measuring 50 feet in diameter and 19 feet tall.
“The greenhouse completes the waste segregation cycle,” said Chuck Martin, a specialist in Facilities Control. “We’ll use the compost we create from cafeteria waste and other biodegradable material as a growing medium in the greenhouse. Bedding plants and vegetables will be grown in the greenhouse year round and eventually will be composted again.”
Although the geodesic design enables the greenhouse to maintain optimum growing temperatures with little or no extra heating or cooling, Facilities Control looks toward future efficiencies by supplementing the current heating process with waste heat
generated from our in plant HVAC system.
Tomatoes and herbs have been started in the greenhouse, and landscape bedding plants will be started in late winter. The greenhouse allows TMMK team members to see (and eat) tangible benefits of their efforts in waste segregation.
Toyota recently announced its intent to virtually eliminate CO2 emissions from its factories and vehicles, and it's about to flip the switch on a very tangible example of this effort. Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., manufacturing plant will begin generating electricity from methane, a byproduct of trash decomposition at the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill on Nov. 23, 2015.