Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network is continuing its' efforts to establish environmentally friendly, sustainable programs at the college. G.R.E.E.N has partnered with Filtrexx, St. Louis Composting, and Illinois American Water to create and install a rooftop vegetable garden at the Morris University Center. However, the group currently lacks the funding to build the garden and is reaching out to the public for help.
A donation web page has been set up by students and Bill Retzlaff, an Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, says its the first time the university has tried this method of fundraising.
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Retzlaff says the garden would provide learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students and be used to supply the recently established Campus Kitchen. He also adds that they are just over 10% towards their fundraising goal of $8,100 and that the web page will stay up as long as they are still receiving donations.