Sustainable Living: Mowbray Sustainability House

September 01, 2010

This fall, Rollins’ Sustainability Program and student organization EcoRollins are taking the next step in encouraging reduced energy consumption and social responsibility when it comes to the environment.

Five EcoRollins students and sustainability coordinators spent their summer preparing the 2,800 square-foot Mowbray Sustainability House for a sustainable fall semester. The students removed and recycled the cement driveway and metal fencing surrounding the backyard and prepared gardening space for edible organic fruits and vegetables, herb and medicinal plants. They installed a composting area and rain collection barrels, set up a “worm hostel” for castings and tea, changed out all the bulbs to CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps) and used VOC-free paint throughout the house. The Mowbray Sustainability House will be maintained by the seven students who will live in it, along with members of EcoRollins and the sustainability coordinators from the Sustainability Program.

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On Tuesday, August 24, as part of Rollins College's Be a Part from the Start Program/No Impact Experiment Program, students helped plant the new garden at the Mowbray Sustainability House, toured the house, created seed bombs, and learned about sustainable agriculture.

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