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Co-op Dayton is a non-profit organization that supports the development of community and worker-owned cooperatives in the Dayton region, across industries but with a strong interest in environmental sustainability. In partnership with the ETHOS and the Fitz Center, Carter Spires first interned with Co-op Dayton in the Spring of 2018 with the goal of researching potential “green” cooperatives for our region. It was found that southwest Ohio lacks commercial composting facilities and began to research the potential of developing one as a cooperative. Co-op Dayton spoke with several compost stakeholders and developed a partnership with a local compost social enterprise, GoZERO, which is interested in expanding in the Dayton region as a worker-owned cooperative. This Spring, Co-op Dayton has been connecting major employers and producers of food waste in the Dayton region that may be interested in the services of a compost cooperative, while developing proposals for both the governance and financial transition of GoZERO to the cooperative model.

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Independent Research

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Kelly Elizabeth Bohrer, Castel V Sweet

Primary Advisor's Department

School of Engineering-Office of the Dean


Stander Symposium poster


Presenter: Carter Douglas Spires

A Composting Cooperative