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We have already started with the chicken waterers, we have are replacing an inefficient, dirty waterer with a water line that provides fresh clean water to our chickens. We started that project a week ago and are half way done. Our next project to tackle is to re-route dirty pond water from runoff to storm drains, to gardens that will love the nitrogen rich water. Our last project in this series is to fill a pond that has no pump system for our waterfowl as an extra water space, and create a pump system that uses human energy, like perhaps a bicycle, to pump this water to a food forest that we will be planting in the near future.
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I want students to develop and implement a recycling program that students USE, possibly bring rain barrels to campus and use the water for plant-life rather than it just running to the drain, and drought-resistant plants on campus.
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Use this as assessment tool for tree proposal to increase school tree canopy
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Travel around the local area to clean up garbage surrounding roads and high ways as well as in the local lake, then recycle and properly dispose of the waste we accumulate.
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We will be taking a field trip to a local park, and will clean up all the trash and spread awareness. We also want to test the water to see of it is healthy and if not spread awareness.
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We have already planned and collected research on what plants survive best in a drought. Now with our data we would like to plant a drought tolerant garden in front of our school for all to see and enjoy and create awareness.
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The Tree Care + Mapping event will bring a community together for one purpose- the appreciation of the neighborhood urban forest. I organized the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Facility Department, the LAVC Sustainability Department, the LAVC Associated Student Union, the Eco Advocates Club, TreePeople, Grant High School and Trader Joe's all in an effort to raise awareness of LAVC's campus sustainability. I reached out to TreePeople, a local tree organization, to help us complete the project effectively. TreePeople offered to provide tools and proper training for the Eco Advocates, a school club. The Eco Advocates club created publicity with flyers and posters which were posted across campus. Flyers were also posted around the neighborhood. The event was made into a Service Learning Program at LAVC. College students who participate at the event gain extra credit and service learning experience that could later be used on a resume. - See more at: https://www.rootsandshoots.org/project/community-tree-care-mapping#sthash.mIpvgIi5.dpuf
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The Tree Care + Mapping event will bring a community together for one purpose- the appreciation of the neighborhood urban forest. I organized the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Facility Department, the LAVC Sustainability Department, the LAVC Associated Student Union, the Eco Advocates Club, TreePeople, Grant High School and Trader Joe's all in an effort to raise awareness of LAVC's campus sustainability. I reached out to TreePeople, a local tree organization, to help us complete the project effectively. TreePeople offered to provide tools and proper training for the Eco Advocates, a school club. The Eco Advocates club created publicity with flyers and posters which were posted across campus. Flyers were also posted around the neighborhood. The event was made into a Service Learning Program at LAVC. College students who participate at the event gain extra credit and service learning experience that could later be used on a resume.
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We are building 3 bioswales to catch the runoff that is bypassing our school garden. These swales will be planted with nitrogen-fixing plants to build up the depleted soil. Hopefully we'll be catching lots of water from upcoming El Nino events (fingers crossed!) Next we will plant a mix of annuals and perennials in the downslope berms. Eventually, we would like to include plant fruit trees.
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This project will get students thinking about real life issues that will have a lasting effect on themselves and the environment. I am hoping that students will then want to talk to family members, friends, and other community members, ultimately using the theme "knowledge is power" to encourage change and awareness. As a final activity, Students will design posters in groups to illustrate their positive message for change, and hope for the future.

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