NEXT SEMESTER (TEAM ECO HOUSE)
Even though the semester is not yet complete, there are several members of the Eco House group have gained so much from the Green Corridor course and their experience with the Eco House project that they would be willing to repeat the course for a second and even third time to complete the project they’ve started. Having the ability to work with students from different disciplines and to work in groups with people who you would otherwise not have encountered is an opportunity which does not come along often in a post-secondary setting. We feel that these skills are invaluable in the “real world” and would love to be able to further hone these qualities. Also, given the mood of society as a whole towards the ecosystem, we feel it is our duty as the future generation to assist in making the world we live in healthier. Of the five members who are in our group, there are four people attempting to re-register in the following semester for Green Corridor. These members wish to continue working with the Eco House and adjacent loot and want to see any plans through to fruition.
There is a sense of accomplishment in being able to follow through on the thing we planned for the Eco House this semester. We as a group have many ideas and the dedication to follow through on them. The Eco House project is very remarkable because I allows student to actively participate in creating change in their community. The Eco House project allow for the entire community and the City of Windsor at large to unite on a common goal. The Eco House project has attracted the eyes of many students and professors at the University of Windsor. Representatives from Devonshire Mall and the City of Windsor generally donated the required material need in the winterization of the Eco House. With the generous help of the local community, school community, and the City of Windsor, the green corridor Eco House team is anxious to continue their project in the upcoming semester. The Eco House group is looking forward to a new semester which would allow them to recruit new members who can effectively contribute to the revitalization of the Eco House.
TEAM ECO HOUSE HOLIDAY PLANS
As a group we are aware that throughout the holiday break there will be a reduced number of people on campus. However, given the dedication this group possesses in wanting the Eco House to succeed we have decided that we will be returning to the Eco House and the adjoining lot to maintain its current level of upkeep. We as a group have also decided that we will be decorating the Eco House to celebrate the holidays. Seeing as we do not want to offend any members of the community, any text or images which will be used, will be aimed towards holidays in general instead of a specific holiday like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.
Throughout the semester Team Eco House has made significant amounts of progress in reference to revitalizing the Eco House site. In their efforts to prepare the area surrounding the Eco House for the upcoming seasons, the group covered the soil with cardboard and mulch. The plan is to permanently inhibit the growth of weeds in the area covered by cardboard and mulch. In collaboration will the Sign Group, the two groups posted a sign to identify the change taking place. The sign contains the previous, current, and future plans for the Eco House.
THE 3 OPTIONS
On Thursday October 14th, Team EcoHouse completed their research as to how the group was going to stabilize and restore the land surrounding the EcoHouse for the upcoming planting season. Throughout their research, the group narrowed down their options to three independently enticing choices. Option number one was to cover the land with black plastic and then stabilize it with rocks.
Option number two was to cover the land with mulch and cardboard. This method involves wetting the land, covering it with card board, and then mulch on top of that.
Finally, the third option involves a combination of options number one and two. Both methods intertwined would potentially yield better results.
In the upcoming weeks, the groups will be contacting different manufacturers and producers within the city of Windsor, in efforts to obtain mulch, card boards, and large black plastic for FREE.
THE BIG CLEAN UP
Initial Pictures of the EcoHouse garden before THE BIG CLEAN UP.
Throughout the week of Monday, October 4th, 2010, the EcoHouse garden received a big make over. Dr. Clinton Beckford assisted in the cleaned up of the backyard garden at the EcoHouse. Team EcoHouse Restoration began initial clean up of the EcoHouse garden a month, since significant progress has been. The clean up included, removing tall weeds, fallen branches, and dead plants. In efforts to prepare the soil for the following planting season, the backyard
was cleared of all unwanted bushes and flowers. Team EcoHouse would like to thank Dr. Clinton Beckford for his help in restoring the EcoHouse. Team EcoHouse is currently conducting research on different methods to kill all the weeds in area surrounding the EcoHouse in anticipation of next year gardening season. In the upcoming week, Team EcoHouse, will be working collaborate with the DESIGN TEAM, in reference to deciding the type of signs for the EcoHouse, and and where to place the sign on the lot.