Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Faculty Advisor

Spanagel, David I.

Project Center

Sante Fe, New Mexico


The cottonwood bosque of the Pueblo of Santa Ana has experienced a steady die-off over the past decade. This calamity has produced wood waste in such excess that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) decided to launch a composting project to use the waste and generate revenue streams to fund ecosystem rehabilitation. The DNR asked our team to help identify prospective organic waste providers, consumers, and operating partners in a comprehensive composting plan for Santa Ana Pueblo. Our project produced not only this plan, but also a site location recommendation and a materials and financial management spreadsheet tool to predict equipment, labor, and transportation costs. These results support a flexible multi-phased approach to bringing the compost facility up to its full potential.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts