Greening the Greenhouse

By Scott Boylston

The Design for Ability educational greenhouse for special needs high school students is off to a great start with major funding from IKEA’s Port Wentworth Distribution Center. IKEA, which funded Emergent Structures recently completed Shuman Elementary School pergola, has provided $9,000.00 for the construction of the greenhouse project, which is being built by Emergent Structures with reclaimed materials from various building sites in Savannah.

In the above picture, I am joined by (from left to right) Southern Pine Company’s Ramsey Khalidi, Emergent Structures project manager, Design for Ability co-founder and SCAD Design for Sustainability alumna Meagan Hodge, IKEA’s Social and Environmental manager Dean Peterson, and Savannah Technical College’s Steve Hartley, who is also an Emergent Structures board member.

Dean Peterson said of the greenhouse project:

IKEA is proud to be a part of Emergent Structure’s latest endeavor, the 34th Street Greenhouse Project, and welcomes the opportunity to join this collaborative effort to build a green space for learning in the heart of Savannah’s East Side. Children and the environment are at the core of IKEA’s social responsibility, and whenever we can work with a project that combines both, it’s always a win-win for the community in which it resides. To us, it’s money very well spent, not to mention an investment in our collective future.

We are eternally grateful for IKEA’s ongoing support for Emergent Structures’ work. Stay tuned for more blog posts on the project, when we will tell you all about our other corporate sponsors, the essential involvement of Savannah Tech’s Preservation Technology department, and the selected site for the greenhouse project, which can be seen in the above picture (sure, we have our work cut out for us).

As seen on Savannah Morning News.


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