Duke students, faculty and staff get their hands dirty while learning about the complexity of the current food system at the Duke Campus Farm. /Courtesy of Duke University
At Duke University, sustainability is a team sport, which requires not just the participation of the school administration, which in the past decade has removed coal from campus steam plants and designed new high performance standard buildings, but input from students as well. "We are increasingly reliant on the campus community to make changes in their personal behavior to continue this trend," says Duke Sustainability Director, Tavey McDaniel Capps, including "work days at the Duke Campus Farm."
The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre area designated for sustainable growing practices and teaching important lessons regarding the system through which we acquire our food. The Duke Campus Farm, founded in 2010, is maintained by a program staff and student crew, and provides thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables yearly to the university dining halls. Thanks to student involvement in projects like these, says Capps, "the Duke community can help us meet our ambitious goals and have fun while doing it."
How to DIY it:
Inspired by Duke University's healthy growing and eating habits? You can easily start growing your own produce, simply by planting some vegetables in your garden, or even by adding a few pots of herbs to your kitchen countertop!
To plump up your new garden, get double the green, by starting your own compost bin or pile to add to your soil. Simply collect all of your healthy food scraps and biodegradable packaging materials, and store them in a container outside, where they can turn into delicious plant food. It's not hard to start and use your own, and you'll notice an immediate, encouraging response from your grateful garden.
2. Conserve Energy
From: University of South Florida's Renewable Energy Project