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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
by: Rene Abadie
SUSTAINABILITY CENTER TOURS – Elementary school students learn about solar power and other alternative energy methods at a tour of Southeastern’s Sustainability Center. The center will offer educational tours for junior high and high school students on the university’s celebration of Sustainability Day, Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tours on that day or at other times can be arranged by calling 985-549-5172.
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Sustainability Center will celebrate
“Sustainability Day” Wednesday, Feb. 22, with educational tours of the high-tech facility
for junior high and high school students.
“We offer tours to area schools as a hands-on learning experience on alternative energy techniques, providing students with an opportunities to learn more about the sustainability techniques that are available,” said Carlos Doolittle, manager of grounds, landscaping and recycling at Southeastern.
The 90-minute tours will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m, and 1 p.m. at the center, which is operated by the Southeastern Office of Physical Plant Services. The center is located at 2101 North Oak Street. Schools are asked to pre-register for the free tours on Sustainability Day or any other day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 985-549-5172.
The center opened several years ago to provide an educational facility for university students as well as generate financial savings for the university. The award-winning center, which also is now a teaching resource available to the public, is a demonstration site to assist students in learning more about renewable energy, recycling and waste reduction, plant biology and other sustainable technologies.
Features include a plant propagation area that uses rainwater runoff for irrigation; technologically-strong classrooms for energy engineering technology study; and an educational outreach center powered by solar, wind and hydrothermal energy.
The facility also features projects that demonstrate biofuel technology, a mobile gasification unit that turns woody products into electricity, and a rainwater collection unit for non-drinking water purposes.