CED Faculty are involved in a wide variety of Outreach activities as part of their classes, studios and research. Read below to learn how they are engaging their students in efforts that benefit a variety of community partners.
Tanyard Creek Chew Crew, Athens, GA
Professor Eric MacDonald, MLA student Zach Richardson
The Tanyard Creek Chew Crew is a student-led effort to test the potential of prescribed goat grazing as a sustainable alternative to conventional methods of invasive plant management, and to advance the University of Georgia’s goal of creating a sustainable learning environment. Beginning in Spring 2012, the project improved the ecological function and aesthetic quality of a section of Tanyard Creek, a degraded urban stream corridor within the university campus. The Chew Crew also generated public interest in stream restoration, promoted scholarly interest in the value of ruminants as agents for invasive plant removal, and engaged the university community in the process of improving the stream’s condition.
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Food Cart Festival, Athens GA
Professor Eric MacDonald, Professor Pratt Cassity
An outgrowth of the CED’s CounterSPACE project, the street food festival was designed to raise awareness of the many benefits of mobile food vending for the Athens community. CED “Ideas of Community” students partnered with Law School students in the Land Use Law Clinic to analyze ordinances and work with businesses to promote local food production through designing and executing a Food Cart Festival in downtown Athens. Professor Pratt Cassity led a design charrette with the students to plan the layout of a city block for the festival, including truck bays, welcome gates, planters and raised tables out of reclaimed materials. Following the successful event, editorials and articles circulated discussing the opportunity for food carts in Athens, the role they play economically, and how local ordinances might be rewritten to allow for more food carts in Athens.
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Material Reuse Program, Athens GA
Adjunct Professor Chris McDowell
The Material Reuse Program, a pilot project of the College of Environment and Design, salvages materials from construction and demolition projects and reclaims them for community-based landscape projects. The purpose of these projects is to expose undergraduate design students to the benefits of reusing ‘waste’ materials in landscape construction through hands-on application. Clients include Casa de Amistad, a nonprofit resource center for the Latino Community in Athens; Clarke Central High School’s agricultural sciences program; and the Brooklyn Community Garden, which is managed by the Athens Land Trust. In total, the Material Reuse Program has completed 48 projects, logged 8,218 works hours by students and volunteers, and salvaged 253,873 pounds of waste.
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Creative Enterprises Garden Master Plan, Lawrenceville GA
Professor Katherine Melcher, LAND 6040
Creative Enterprises, Inc. is a non-profit that focuses on employment assistance for people with disabilities. Job training opportunities are also onsite, including a thrift store, animal shelter, greenhouse, and workshop—all housed in a number of disconnected buildings. Assistant Professor Katherine Melcher took the project on in her “Community and Place” graduate studio, providing a master plan to Creative Enterprises in 2011, and following up with ideas for site improvements in 2013. The results include healing gardens, an outdoor art wall, and accessible design strategies, such as new sidewalks, raised planters and exercise spaces.
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