SEC Newsletter Fall 2013 - page 2

Southern Environmental Center
September 18, 2013
Fall Newsletter
The Southern Environmental Center
at Birmingham-Southern College
Turkey Creek Gains National Attention
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve’s trails were added recently to the
National Trails System
by the U.S.
Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service. And in July, AL.Com designated Turkey
Creek as one of its “Don’t Miss Alabama Swimming Holes.” We agree!
Grants awarded to the SEC and
Environmental Programs at BSC
$20,000 from the 2013 Five Star and Urban Waters
Restoration Program and the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation for habitat restoration and
education at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.
$9,600 from Legacy, for education programs
serving Camp Northstar students and construction
of a stream access point at Turkey Creek Nature
Preserve.
$25,000 from the Community Foundation of
Greater Birmingham in support of the EcoScape
program.
$10,000 from the Alabama Business Charitable
Trust and Alabama Power for energy efficiency
upgrades for the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Education Center.
$7,500 from the Associated Colleges of the South
for the addition of an Alabama Medicinal Garden to
the campus EcoScape.
$24,861 from the Environmental Protection Agency
for a cooperative agreement for Interdisciplinary
Environmental Sustainability Across the Curricula.
BSC students will study soil contamination in the
Jones Valley area of North Birmingham and analyze
the scientific, health-related, cultural, sociological
and economic impacts of soil contaminants in the
region.
Water Fact: A five minute
shower is equal to 20-35 gallons
of water, and a full bath is equal
to approximately 60 gallons of
water. We recommend a quick
dip at Turkey Creek instead!
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