Recently Build Brigades teamed up with the Norris Square Neighborhood Project to build an Earthship- inspired greenhouse made of tires, soil, and solar panels!
If you aren't familiar with NSNP, their mission is "to promote positive change through youth education, community leadership, green spaces, the arts, and the celebration of Latino culture," as stated on their website.
Currently Kensington is extremely resource restrained. So far NSNP has 6 themed community gardens in Kensington, Philadelphia (near Fishtown!) to "help promote cultural awareness and preservation, and advocate for a healthier future for [the] neighborhoods," from their vision statement.
They’ve been working with an engineer on the design, but are open to additional input from Build Brigades! Attention future architects- this is YOUR time.
Designs for the greenhouse project include:
On November 21st (day of the Michigan game) Tena and Tess will be traveling to the site to work from 9-1pm and are looking for people to help on that day so if you're in the area, please contact them! Lunch will be provided :)
Interested but are going to the game?
Over the next two months there will be other work sessions on Saturdays- the next one is December 5th.
The project is set to be completed in June, so more work sessions will be held in the spring!
Below are a few renderings of what the greenhouse will look like.
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My name is Alana Mazzei and I'm the Webmaster for the Campus Council Eboard! I am assisted by Joseph Clark who also is the Social/PR chairperson of Medical/Dental, and the GB photographer, Harvey Li. We would love to hear about your experiences with Global Brigades at Penn State!