Shuman Elementary Educational Garden
After conversations with Chatham County PTA and the public school system in Savannah, and a tremendous show of support from IKEA’s regional distribution center, Emergent Structures identified 3 material streams in the Savannah area—two of which are beautiful homes in the Historic District that are being renovated—and designed an outdoor learning area from them, resulting in a design that is made from approximately 90% reclaimed materials. Board member Keith Howington assessed the quality and quantity of material available to us, and designed around those parameters.
We’ve coordinated numerous volunteer material reclamation events, supported StepUp’s Construction Apprentice Program that trains underemployed individuals, and have officially completed the structure! The garden itself—which is looking magnificent thanks to the hands-on support of SUGA (Savannah Urban Garden Alliance) and is the brainchild of Sandra Cason, PTA President—will be completed soon. Stay tuned for news of the ribbon cutting!
WTOC’s coverage of the ribbon cutting is here. WSAV’s coverage of the groundbreaking is here. Our blog on the ribbon cutting is here, and coverage of the project development is here, here, here, here…and here