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A presentation from the Director of the Southern Environmental Center in Birmingham, AL
May 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a presentation by Roald Hazelhoff, Director of the Southern Environmental Center on the campus of Birmingham Southern College. Hazelhoff will share 16 demonstration EcoScape outdoor classrooms that are helping to educate visitors in sustainable practices of planting native plants in urban pockets of Birmingham, AL.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMNTAL CENTER MISSION: to show individuals how to protect, improve and conserve their local environment through best management practices and community service. In doing so, we strive to create a sense of environmental stewardship in people of all ages.
HISTORY AND CURRENT SCOPE OF WORK: Since 1993, Southern Environmental Center (SEC) has provided a unique link between Birmingham-Southern College and the region. The SEC’s Interactive Museum averages 20,000 visitors per year, and is the only facility of its kind in the nation: a hands on education facility built from recycled materials and constructed on top of a repurposed college swimming pool. Museum exhibits focus on energy conservation, waste reduction, transportation alternatives, and sustainable land use in our metropolitan area.
In addition to its environmental center, SEC has created over 16 demonstration EcoScape outdoor classrooms on campus and throughout metropolitan Birmingham. Designed to reuse storm water runoff as the principal irrigation source, EcoScapes also serve as pollinator gardens and edible landscapes. Besides Birmingham Southern College, our partners include a nearby hospital & church, various neighborhood associations & municipalities, and even the State of Alabama.
SEC’s largest outdoor classroom is the 466-acre Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (TCNP) in Pinson. The waters of the creek are home to three endangered species of fish: the Vermillion Darter (which lives only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world), the Watercress Darter, and the Rush Darter. Our conservation efforts help preserve a delicate balance between wildlife protection & recreational opportunities for TCNP’s 100,000 annual visitors. As part of our day to day management of TCNP, we have developed hands on environmental and science educational programs for schools and the general public about aquatic ecology, water quality, American history, and more. All of these programs follow STEM learning objectives.