Urban Water Projects class introduces service-learning and collaborative design
EEE 49500 has been offered four times to date, linking students to nine community partners: Bauer Family Resources, Cary Home, Christ United Methodist Church, Fire Station #8, Food Finders Resource & Education Center, Imagination Station, Oakland Elementary School, Right Steps Child Development Center, and Tecumseh Junior High School.
Projects have resulted in the installation of 38 stormwater management projects including rain gardens, rain barrels, bioswales, and native savannas that also serve as educational demonstration sites for the public. The projects collectively divert over 2,000,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of nitrogen, 12 pounds of phosphorus, and over 1,600 pounds of sediment from the Wabash River annually.
Additionally, these efforts engaged 96 Purdue students and over 600 community members with the support of over $150,000 in federal and industry funding.