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New York Mayor Pushing to Expand Food Composting

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expanding food composting in New York City. The expected benefits are considerable, including a reduction in the amount of trash – food is approximately one third of all waste. The new program should eliminate the need to transport about a quarter of today’s waste to city landfills.Compost-Bin

A robust food composting program provides many other benefits. For instance, food composting reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. Used as fertilizer, compost promotes higher crop yields and reconstitutes the soil. Increased composting revitalizes forests and ecologically delicate habitats, and reduces the methane accumulation associated with landfills.

The most obvious applications for composting include roof farms, which are spreading across New York City. In addition, high quality compost can be sold to enhance the productivity of local growers. The City intends to have one or more composting plants online in the near future.

Composting has the potential to become a thriving cottage industry for people who are willing to do the research and cultivate the soil with reconstituted food waste.

Decomposition of waste requires the proper balance between greens like leaves, which are nitrogen-rich, and brown matter like wood chips, which is carbon-rich. The right amounts of water and oxygen are also necessary to aerate the pile so that decomposition proceeds expeditiously.

Initially, composting should be easier for owners of one- to three-family houses. Over time, the City will convert the program from a voluntary one to a mandatory requirement. Ultimately, the composting effort may evolve into an energy source for city dwellers.

Mayor Bloomberg, whose third and final term in office ends this year, envisions the program becoming a full-scale effort over the next four years. Residents will receive special bins to recycle food wastes into usable compost. Once the implementation details are ironed out, consideration will be given to making the undertaking a mandatory one for city residents.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.