Greenhouse History

FORMATION OF GREENHOUSE PROJECT

The Sustainability Coordinator and a Sustainable Concordia student coordinator proposed to Concordia’s administration to rejuvenate and repurpose the greenhouse. The Concordia Greenhouse Project was formed under the umbrella of Sustainable Concordia.

PARTNERSHIP WITH GEOGRAPHY, PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT

The Concordia Greenhouse Committee entered into partnership with the department of Geography, Planning and Environment.

OPENED TO PUBLIC

Under the hard work of Arlene Throness, the revitalized Greenhouse atrium was opened to the public, and compartments began to be rented to groups interested in working on independent projects.

GREENHOUSE OPENS

The Henry F. Hall Building officially opens. It included a greenhouse on the 13th floor which was used by the Biology and Geography departments.

MERGE OF LOYOLA COLLEGE & SGWU

Loyola College and SGWU merged to create Concordia University. Biology/Botany faculty and students continued to use the greenhouse for research such as flower pigmentation. The technician grew tropical plants in the atrium, while the room at the far end was used for studying parasites in water fowl. The Greenhouse also worked on several commercial contracts, including growing the plants for the Concordia campus landscaping and vineyard twig propagation.

GREENHOUSE LEFT VACANT

The Biology department greenhouse operations moved from the Hall building to the Renaud Complex on the Loyola Campus. The greenhouse in the Hall building was vacant, except from clandestine sprouting of vegetables by the People`s Potato.

PRELIMINARY OPENING

The preliminary opening of the greenhouse occurred in April 2006.

FORMAL LAUNCH OF GREENHOUSE

It was the formal launch of the revitalized greenhouse, an organic space for education and research, sustainable horticulture and community building. At the same time, the indoor Greenhouse composting operation was launched, part of a campus-wide composting project. In the Greenhouse alone, about five million worms composted up to 24 metric tons per year of organic waste generated by food facilities in the Hall Building.

APPLIED FOR STUDENT FEE LEVY

The Greenhouse collective applied for a Student Fee Levy of $0.12 per credit per undergraduate student, which is now the main source of the projects funding.

PAUL: COORDINATOR

Paul Fournier is hired as the part-time Coordinator of the Concordia Greenhouse.

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