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April 4, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College environmental center utilizes grant to open another ecoscape

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Southern Environmental Center will publicly dedicate its newest ecoscape garden April 8 at 10 a.m. in the Brown Springs neighborhood of Birmingham.

Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid, Birmingham Councilors Valerie Abbott and Carole Reynolds, and Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot are scheduled to attend the dedication ceremony.

The Brown Springs Ecoscape is a unique project that revives the original “sweet water spring” covered up more than 40 years ago. It includes a colorful pavilion mosaic by Birmingham-Southern Professor of Art Steve Cole featuring the Southern Environmental Center's (SEC) sunflower logo and a series of recycled steel panels by local metal artist Fonde Taylor. Cole's artwork was made possible in part by the Jefferson County Community Arts Fund administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.

The SEC recently received a $25,000 grant from the Cultural Alliance in support of its community ecopscapes. The completion of the Brown Springs project is the result of proceeds from the grant and a collaborative effort by the Brown Springs Neighborhood Association, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Mayor's Office, Birmingham-Southern College and the SEC, East Lake Community Corporation, Jefferson County Commission, Jefferson County Cultural Alliance, St. James Baptist Church, and the Wachovia Fund.

The Southern Environmental Center (SEC) at Birmingham-Southern is the largest educational facility of its kind in Alabama and conducts an award-winning interactive museum and several ecoscape gardens. Its purpose is to show individuals how they can protect and improve their local environments.

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