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June 5, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College environmental center works within own community to open another ecoscape

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College will publicly dedicate its newest ecoscape garden June 9 at 9 a.m. in its own College Hills neighborhood of Birmingham.

Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid and Birmingham City Councilman William Bell are scheduled to attend the dedication ceremony.

Located within walking distance of BSC, the 10,000 square foot outdoor classroom is the seventh urban garden to be dedicated in the metro-Birmingham area by the BSC Southern Environmental Center since 1996, and the third in a year. It features raised beds filled with native wildflowers and an abundance of fruit and vegetable plants to provide views from the stone benches beneath two giant oak trees. The unique ornamental entrance, created by local artist Rashid Qandil, incorporates part of the original gateway to BSC.

The completion of the College Hills project is the result of a collaborative effort by the College Hills Neighborhood Association, Regional Planning Commission, the Associated Colleges of the South, and Wade Sand and Gravel. It will be utilized as a community park and an outdoor classroom by both BSC and Northstar Children's Camp.

The Southern Environmental Center 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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