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[HAMMOND] - Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting Sustainability Day for students in grades 7-12 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Sustainability Center.
For free of charge, students and teachers at local schools can experience the Center’s alternative energy practices and learn about sustainable, eco-friendly energy through hands-onlearning. The center can accommodate groups and classes as large as 35.
Tours will be provided throughout the day during the following intervals: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Students on the tour will get to explore the Center on the inside and out, view engaging presentations and participate in interactive models of alternative energy through Southeastern’s Environmental Education Development (SEED) classroom.
SEED is powered by solar photo-voltaic panels, heated and cooled by a geothermal system. It also has an operational power-generating wind turbine. Plans are in the works for adding systems of solar thermal and bio-mass energy.
Physical Plant Director Byron Patterson and Manager of Grounds, Landscaping, and Recycling Carlos Doolittle are all about educating students on the Center’s features and opportunities.
“From the very start, the goal of the Sustainability Center has been to provide experiential learning opportunities for campus students, as well as area students not yet at the university level,” they said.
Sustainability Center Graduate Assistant Caprice Lee is also gearing up for Sustainability Day. She hopes that this event will promote the center and raise awareness.
“We hope that Sustainability Day promotes our Center so that more schools know about us and get a chance to tour,” said Lee. “We feel it would be a great opportunity for students in our area to engage in hands-on learning.”
To learn more about the Sustainability Center, request a time slot or schedule an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is now scheduling visits. Regular tours last 2.5 hours.
The mission of the Sustainability Center is to provide a synergistic educational facility for the university and region which offers diverse learning styles for both current and future students in the areas of renewable energy, recycling and waste reduction measures, plant biology and other sustainable technologies. The Center will provide opportunities for extensive study in sciences and technology.