6th Street Green House Conservatory

The Life Science Student Association (LSSA) currently has two greenhouses on campus. Both are located on the 6th floor of the 6th street garage. LSSA uses one greenhouse for the propagation and production of their house plants, desert plants and tropical plants. LSSA's other greenhouse is a showcase of the many capabilities of controlled environment agriculture. This greenhouse is designed to help further LSSA's education goals, and is open to the public.

LSSA Greenhouse Propagation

LSSA propagates numerous species of flowers and herbs for sale at local farmer’s markets. LSSA aims to support itself through on and off campus plant sales. Proceeds from the plant sales will be directed towards vital expenses as determined by the presidency and advisor. LSSA also aims to support the mission of the Native Plant Nursery by providing species to increase biodiversity in urban areas. 

UA Community Garden

The 1,600-square foot, 45-bed UA Community Garden is open to students, employees, and community members. Throughout the fall and winter of 2011, students dug plant beds, installed irrigation systems and built a shed for garden tools. The garden has been divided into 45 plots measuring 20 feet by 3 feet. Students, community and faculty can rent plots for a fee of up to $70 per year. As of March 2012, all of the faculty spaces have been reserved, and only a handful of student plots and community plots remain.

Rincon Heights Community Garden: Growing Stronger Community Connections

The Rincon Heights Neighborhood has teamed up with the UA to build a 60-bed community garden that doubles as an outdoor, hands-on learning laboratory for students. With the help of two UA interns, the UA Masters of Public Administration Student Association, and the UA Compost Cats, neighborhood residents have prepared 36 garden beds, planted two fig trees and acquired a cache of shovels and other gardening tools.

Camp Goes Green

Set atop Mingus Mountain, near Prescott, the James 4-H Camp is the flagship camp and conference center for Arizona 4-H. This project involves sustainable improvements for the camp including solar-powered LED lighting systems, a solar hot water heater for showers, a gray water recycling system, low flow toilets, and a composting toilet. UA professor Ed Franklin’s agricultural education students were recruited to help install the solar panels.

Service Learning and Students’ Awareness of Sustainability

The UA Community and School Garden Program hired a Graduate Research Assistant to develop and conduct a systematic assessment of the Garden Program’s impact on community participants and UA interns. Participating interns observed and evaluated their peers in consultation with each other, the graduate assistant, and faculty instructors. The quantifiable data this system produces hopes to secure outside funding from the likes of the National Science Foundation and the William T.

Promoting Student Leadership in Sustainability Education on Campus and in the Community

Through the UA Community and School Garden Program, UA interns use garden-based lessons to help K-12 students understand abstract ideas like the carbon cycle and photosynthesis, and larger topics ranging from nutrition to food security and social justice. In the summer of 2013 eight interns attended a sustainability-in-education summer institute in New York.

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