November 15, 2011.  Many volunteers, including students, Waste Management Inc staff, and others participated to build the Urban Outdoor Research and Learning Lab at Ohlone College, Newark, California.  Perfect weather!

The site, Before

The site, Before

Spreading organic compost

Spreading organic compost

Planter boxes fabricated from salvaged redwood, lined with recycled poly, waiting for recycled soil

Planter boxes fabricated from salvaged redwood, lined with recycled poly, waiting for recycled soil

Ohlone College students unloading recycled soil

Ohlone College students unloading recycled soil

Filled planter boxes

Four sets of planter boxes filled with four different experimental recycled soils (growth media)

The site, after

The site, after

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This will be a research center for the Environmental Studies department at Ohlone College.  Joint project with Waste Management Inc.

At the Urban Outdoor Research and Learning Lab, students will collect and analyze data on the viability of various soil mixes as a planting media.  This is soil comprised of recycled materials once bound for landfill.   Organic composts and soil provided by WM Earthcare – data will be used by WM EarthCare to develop its organic recycled products.

http://www.ohlone.edu/instr/envstudies/

http://wmearthcare.com/commercial/index.asp

http://wmearthcare.com/residential/index.asp

November 15, 2011, 9 am, over 150 people expected to participate to build the lab.  All the materials are recycled – the soil, compost, mulch, redwood, even the box liners are made of recycled water bottles!

OHLONE COLLEGE URBAN OUTDOOR RESEARCH AND LEARNING LAB

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