Students win grants for green projects

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Students win grants for green projects

One of the projects funded with the 2012 sustainability grants was an effort to rid an area alongside Tanyard Creek of invasive plants, like English ivy and privet. Eight goats were brought in to live in a fenced-in pen next to the Hull Street parking deck. Known as the Tanyard Creek Chew Crew, the goats fed on the invasive plants so that the area adjacent to the waterway could be restored with native species.

Photo by: Zach Richardson

For the third year, the Office of Sustainability has awarded grants to students to implement projects that bolster UGA’s sustainability initiatives. This year seven students were awarded $26,000. In three years, the office has awarded $59,000 to fund 17 student-initiated projects.

Projects this year include:

• An effort to curb poor water quality from storm runoff through the use of pervious concrete pavements.

• A plan to reduce the volume and mass of solid waste on campus by collecting organic, compostable waste in the Warnell School and delivering it to the UGArden for composting.

• A study of feasible alternatives to the current fossil fuel-based energy system at UGA.

• A look at ways to optimize fish diet for maximum sustainability of fish production at the UGArden aquaponics system, and development of online outlets to share information about the project and aquaponics.

• An effort to increase usability and facilitate an easier method of bike sharing within UGA’s Bulldog Bikes program.

• Construction of a solar recharge station for UGArden’s new electric vehicle. The vehicle will be used to deliver food grown in the garden to families in the Athens area.

• Expanding the reach of the Lunchbox Garden Project to other schools and increasing outdoor education. The project is an after-school gardening and nutrition education program at Barnett Shoals and Chase Street elementary schools.

Learn more about the grants and campus sustainability at http://www.sustainability.uga.edu/.