For Immediate Release -
Presidio Hosts Pilot Project Using Mushrooms and Hair to Clean Oil Contamination
Hope is to Use Safer, Greener Method to Clean up Future Spills
Presidio of San Francisco
(December 20, 2007) -- A press conference will be held at the
Presidio of San Francisco on Friday, December 21, 2007 to highlight a
unique project using hair mats and mushrooms to remediate oil
contamination. The press conference will take place at 12 noon in the
Presidio Compost yard, located off of Lincoln Boulevard just north of
The process, called “myco-remediation” uses
mushrooms to convert toxic materials into landscape-grade fertilizer. In
this case, Oyster mushrooms are being grown on mats made from human
hair that were soaked in tanker fuel oil. The mushroom spawn and
expertise for detoxifying the waste are being donated by Paul Stamets, a
mycologist who has advanced the use of mushrooms for remediation of
toxins. Traditionally, waste oil and hazardous clean up materials are
incinerated, which is expensive and releases toxins into the air.
are pleased to be hosting the myco-remediation pilot project at the
Presidio,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director.
“This type of green entrepreneurship is in-line with many of the
programs we are already doing; it’s a perfect fit for the Presidio.” The
Presidio is hosting the program at its green compost site.
myco-remediation project is headed up by Lisa Craig Gautier, founder of
“Matter of Trust, Inc.” an ecological non-profit organization. Craig
Gautier has brought together a range of agencies and organizations to
collaborate on the myco-remediation project, including the Presidio
Trust, the Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom, The California Department Toxic
Substances Control and the San Francisco Departments of the
Environment, Emergency Services and Public Health.
and excitement for this project have been amazing,” said Gautier.
“People are attracted to it because it is a green project, but also
because it makes such common sense. In only a few weeks the oil will be
broken down, and we will have fertilizer that can be used for
The Presidio Trust was established by the
U.S. Congress in 1994 to manage the Presidio of San Francisco, a former
army base located in San Francisco at the base of the Golden Gate
Bridge. The 1,500-acre site contains the infrastructure of a small city
as well as expansive open space, a 300-acre historic forest, spectacular
views, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. It comprises nearly
6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures
that contribute to its status as a National Historic Landmark District,
making it unlike any other national park. In establishing the Trust,
Congress mandated that it make the park financially self-sufficient by
2013. The Trust is the only federal agency with this mandate. For more
Matter of Trust, Inc. is an
ecological public charity that links ideas, sparks action and
materializes sustainable systems. Its focus is manmade surplus, natural
surplus, and eco-education.