• MFA in Design

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    Jason Harrow
    Shayna Proctor
    Treanndis Hurst

  • Heather Ford - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    Heather Ford

    Percentage of organic matter in U.S. landfill
    Top ten landfills of the world
    Old and present model of our relationship to
    The Pit at Recology, San Francisco's waste management facility
    Fogg Behavior Model
    Andy Goldsworthy, Artist

    Percentage of organic matter in U.S. landfill

    Top ten landfills of the world

    Tons per day (in relation to the number of millions it serves)

    Old and present model of our relationship to "take, make waste" paradigm

    The Pit at Recology, San Francisco's waste management facility

    40% of the contents of the pit are organic matter

    By the time it reaches the pit, it is inseparable

    Fogg Behavior Model

    Motivation, Ability and a Trigger must converge at the same moment for a behavior to occur

    Andy Goldsworthy, Artist

    His work rearranges organic matter, conjuring the temporal and impermanent nature of existence

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    Top ten landfills of the world thumbnail
    Old and present model of our relationship to
    The Pit at Recology, San Francisco's waste management facility thumbnail
    Fogg Behavior Model thumbnail
    Andy Goldsworthy, Artist thumbnail

    hjfordcreative@yahoo.com

    Thesis Abstract

    Although the City of San Francisco imposes mandatory residential composting our municipal waste is still comprised of 30-40% organic matter. This organic matter trapped in landfill produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Conversely, composting organic matter has the extreme opposite effect. It puts nitrogen back in the soil and fertilizing plants that sequester Carbon. It is one of the simplest ways an individual can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas. It is how many people doing small things can create big results.

    With the compost bin as the nominal subject, my thesis explores ways to leverage use of compostable materials, foster behavior change and reconnect humans to the ecology. Through a digital component it aims to raise awareness of the “long view” in conjunction with a sense of game play, as well as, speculative futures for nutrient rich organic waste.