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Posted on | August 20, 2009 | No Comments

This is a follow up post about the Green Team program at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women,

IMG_0288It was incredible working with these 11 spirited girls.  Their presentation showing what they learned about ecology and green building  was lively and informative.

Look what they did in just 5 weeks (and this is only 8 hours per week).

The courtyard will be used as an outdoor classroom with the homemade planters at the perimeter and the benches used for seating.  The triangular shapes will be used as part of the geometry curriculum and the vegetables will be tended and harvested by the students in the fall.

Here are some of the girls’ experiences, in their own words:

Surquonna SoleynMaya SpiersQuaisan P.Rema BryceEmoni, Kayonda Marshall.


This is one of the planters in construction

This is one of the benches

This is one of the benches

Broccoli and lettuce grown from seeds

Broccoli and lettuce grown from seeds

Painted courtyard

Painted courtyard

Looking forward to next year!


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