San Francisco Department of the Environment

Food to Flowers! Lunchroom Composting

Want to begin or improve composting and recycling at your school? Contact us!

Our support includes dynamic assemblies featuring our mascot Phoebe the Phoenix (she appears at elementary schools only), compost monitor trainings + aprons, curriculum, signs for your carts, and classroom materials.

For more information please call our School Education team at (415) 355-3742 or email

Compost Monitor Trainings
We will train your students to help their peers sort properly in the lunchroom. Trainings are 30 minutes long and we provide aprons if needed.

“Within our first month, we’ve had over 40 compost monitors, all of whom have done a beautiful job sorting the trash at lunchtime. We even had a six-year-old compost monitor report back that he was taking compost out of the trash at home in an effort to teach his parents about composting!” --- Emery D., Education Outside Teacher

Staff Trainings
Is your school staff role modeling proper behavior to your students? We will train staff on how to properly compost and recycle at school. Trainings are 10 minutes long and are held during regularly scheduled staff meetings.

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For more information please call our School Education team at (415) 355-3742 or email

"We are delighted by the level of detailed support SF Environment provided."  - Lee L., High School Teacher

“Thank you so much for bringing your team to speak to our students. The students are very excited about helping our environment and did amazing today separating their garbage.” – Summer, Creative Arts Charter School

“Your school outreach group at SF Dept of the Environment does a terrific job!  Think of all the budding environmentalists you are nurturing with your programs.” – EcoCommittee, St Vincent de Paul School

“Thank you so much for coming to our school site yesterday. The assembly was amazing and the kids can't stop talking about it.” – Ingrid, SF Community School

"My students were inspired!"   - Anna B., Middle School Teacher

"Food to Flowers! is very successful. We just learned our diversion rate jumped to 70 percent, and we are so excited about it! The program seems to be running itself now."    - Jessica C., 4th Grade Teacher

"Yes I would recommend Food to Flowers! to other schools!  It is an important life lesson for the children to learn. It helps save the earth. It's simply the right thing to do."   - Luisa G., 4th Grade Teacher