JCSU's Building A Sustainability Village
Living off the land has become a thing of the past. A new program at Johnson C. Smith University is bringing it to the forefront.
"We are preparing a sustainable village for our students to live, and learn how to become sustainable in their everyday lives," says Jonathan Pullin, an adjunct professor of chemistry.
He says students will learn energy efficiency and water conservation, along with how to garden and compost. Professor Pullin says they will also raise tillapia, "We have an aquaponic garden which includes fish so hopefully we'll be able to consume the fish."
The techniques will equip students with the tools to help the needy in other parts of the world. Professor Pullin says they're taking their teachings to Haiti, "Students are preparing to go to Haiti and replicate what I teach them in the class to the local community."
The village is not up and running yet but hopefully before the end of the year we will see fall crops in these 18 gardening beds. This is certainly sustainability in an urban environment.
Sherrill Hampton, the Director of the Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development says the lessons learned here will also help surrounding neighborhoods in charlotte," The gardens will supply access to healthy foods and it will support communities that have started small gardens."