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From awareness to learning to practice, students discover that sustainability has many forms. A strong commitment from faculty, staff and administration to seek sustainable practices at BSC has produced the Urban Environmental Studies program, real-world ‘green’ internships for students, a local environmental education web site TrekBirmingham and green initiatives from the administration and general officers.  Learn more…

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserv Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Home to three endangered fish, TCNP was established through a partnership between Alabama's Forever Wild Program and the Freshwater Land Trust, and is co-managed by the Birmingham-Southern College Southern Environmental Center. Learn more...
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BSC Community Garden BSC Community Garden
The BSC garden hopes to provide the community with a place to relax, study, and most importantly, a venue to learn about agriculture that is sustainable and healthy for humans, animals, and plants alike. Learn more...
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Invasive Species Removal in the Ecoscape Forest
Invasive Species Removal in the Ecoscape Forest

BSC students, faculty, and staff work to take back areas overrun by non-native plant species in the BSC Ecoscape Forest. Learn more...

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BSC Ecoscape: One of Many Recycled Urban Parks
BSC Ecoscape: One of Many Recycled Urban Parks
Since 1996, the SEC has transformed 12 vacant/blighted urban lots into ecological landscapes  called EcoScapes. Filled with native plants and cool sculpture works, each park functions as an outdoor classroom for nearby schools, and as a community gathering place. Learn more...
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Rain Gardens
Rain Gardens

Rain gardens in the Urban Environmental Park prevent stormwater pollution in our watershed, provide habitat for wildlife, and are landscaped with beautiful native plants.
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LEED Certified Residence HallsLEED Certified Residence Halls
In 2010 BSC opened the first LEED certified residence halls in Alabama. The Lakeview Residence Halls were built with regionally-available materials and are exceptionally efficient in their use of energy and water. Learn more...
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Urban Environmental Park
Urban Environmental Park
The park serves as a leisure-time and recreational activity area for students as well as provides a wealth of hands-on learning for students, especially those in the Urban Environmental Studies major. Learn more...
                                                   
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Pervious PavementGreening of the Student Parking Lot

When renovating a student parking lot, BSC added features that capture stormwater, filter it of pollutants, and allow its percolation into the groundwater. Learn more...
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SEC LobbyWhat do get when you cover an empty indoor pool with a floor made from recycled cars? The Southern Environmental Center (SEC), a 5,600 square foot interactive museum, meeting facility, and eco art gallery located at the entrance to BSC's campus. Learn more...
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Library White Roof
A white roof recently installed on the BSC library has lowered the building's energy demands.  What's more, the roof was more affordable to install than a conventional roof. Learn more...

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SEC White Roof Pervious pavement BSC Community Garden LEED Dorm Urban Environmental Park Rain Gardens Ecoscape Forest Rehab Turkey Creek
SECWhite RoofPervious PavingLEED DormUrban Environmental parkRain GardensEcoscapeForest RehabCommunity Garden