University of Tennessee
After extensive research Michael and his team came across the idea of In-Vessel Composting which is a process where machines take food waste and reduce the mass by using heat was the most effective way to combat this issue. According to Michael this process can reduce the mass of their food waste by up to 80% before it gets transferred off to the waste sites. He then sent off his proposal to the company and they approved of it and Michael got the investment needed. Soon after the proposal 2 machines were purchased, and they started reducing their food waste immediately.
There is only really one major long-term effect in this innovation, but it is an extremely important effect that leads to many positives for the business and earth. The long-term effect that this innovation was used to target was global warming. Global warming is a huge problem that we face as a society in today's world but will only end up becoming an even bigger problem for future generations. By Taos reducing their amount of food waste they are reducing the total amount methane and other greenhouse gases that are given off in the decomposition process which are in fact the reasons that lead to a warmer earth. Having a warmer earth for Taos is a huge problem as they need earth's temperature to stay relatively low so that they can keep snow on their slopes for longer periods of time. Keeping snow on the ground leads to a longer skiing season which leads to higher profits for Taos as well as a much healthier earth for all humans to live. This is their biggest goal in the long-term as it has so many benefits not only for them but for the future generations to.
Another benefit of this innovation is that in the long run and in the future generations they can hopefully keep their business open during the winter season for longer periods of time due to them fighting the global warming. Them fighting the global warming crisis helps benefit them in the long run as the earth will hopefully not be as hot for such long periods of time which means they can keep their slopes open for longer which for a ski resort will generate more profit for the company.
In-Vessel Composting has a huge benefit towards the environment as it is creating a positive impact on global warming which is something the environment is really starting to struggle with. There are always so many ways to benefit the environment in today's world but I believe that by reducing global warming the environment can only become a better place for us to live in at this current moment but for all the future generations that are to come.
Michael Bower, Director of Facilities
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Taos, NM, US
Business Website: https://www.skitaos.com/
Year Founded: 2015
Number of Employees: 501 to 1000