The campus community is coming together to beautify Osceola Street, a special corridor that cuts through the heart of campus, and co-create a sustainability demonstration center. The 'ecoLab' will be designed as an outdoor space that will be used for hands-on workshops from urban gardening, to community health, environmental conservation, and solar power system demonstration. It is also envisioned an outdoor meeting place for classes and community events, as well as a study area and gathering place for students in between classes. A painted mural is also planned to honor the Marching 100 in its 70th year anniversary.
The EcoLab is proposed to be located at the Old Dairy Barn site, directly east of the campus recreation center, on South Osceola St. The EcoLab onstruction would consist of a shaded structure, seating, and solar powered lighting, writing walls and charging ports that create an outdoor ‘classroom.’ In addition, an edible teaching garden, rainwater collection and composting station will provide a hands-on learning lab.
As a hands-on engagement project, the ecoLab would not only serve as a non-traditional learning center but would also
- Provide educational demonstrations for the community on health, environmental conservation, food security, and other sustainability related initiatives,
- Serve as a place for positive community social interactions,
- Serve as a seedbed for entrepreneurial possibilities related to compost and produce (herbs), and
- Generate opportunities for student engagement activities for every discipline.
- College of Agriculture & Food Sciences - Coorperative Extension Office
- School of Architecture Design Studio
- College of Engineering - Senior Capstone Class
- Facilities, Planning and Construction
- Green Coalition Student Organization
- Leon County Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association
- Student Health Services
- Campus Recreation
- Marching 100
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
As the FAMU Eco-classroom comes to life over the semester, it will provide a space for organized hands-on activities as well as a great place to just chill out. The possibilities for this flexible space will expand as it becomes part of campus life. Updates will be provided here as the project comes to fruition.
In May of 2016, Florida A&M University was announced as a grant recipient in the annual Home Depot Retool Your School Competition. Through a proposal submitted by the Sustainability Institute and supported by countless students, alumni and friends around the nation, FAMU won the $30,000 Campus Pride Award. The funding will pay for Home Depot supplies for the campus beautification and ecoLab project.
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