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Notre Dame, South Euclid to Create Green Space for Students, City

Notre Dame College is teaming up with the City of South Euclid, Ohio, to create a community green over civic concrete─to include space for students’ science research, art creations, garden plots and more.

The Greenfield Community Garden project, expected to begin in spring 2014, will consist of raised garden beds built and cultivated directly on nearly 250 feet of public sidewalks at the intersection of Mayfield and South Green roads in downtown South Euclid about 1 mile from campus.

The asphalt gardening endeavor will offer Notre Dame science majors space to conduct environmental and ecology research and will incorporate the works of College art students. Residents of South Euclid, including members of the Notre Dame campus community, also will be able to plant and harvest produce in the green.

“The Greenfield Community Garden project will reintroduce natural elements near campus in an innovative, sustainable and easily replicated initiative, while providing our science students valuable outdoor ecology and environmental science research lab space,” said Tracey Meilander, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.

By helping Meilander coordinate and raise funds for the community garden, Steve Shavel and Hannah Conway, junior biology majors with concentrations in ecology and environmental science at the College, are growing their project management and communication skills as well as their biology experience.

“The learning potential for art, business and other students, not just those in biology, will be continuous,” Meilander said.

Meilander and Karen Poelking, Notre Dame’s vice president of board and community relations, are leading the community green initiative for the College. Daniel Subwick ’10 is spearheading the project for the City of South Euclid and One South Euclid, a nonprofit community, economic and residential development organization. The community garden also is sponsored by the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“This project is an exciting opportunity that combines environmental and educational outcomes as well as brings our campus and members of the South Euclid community together. The benefits are priceless,” Poelking said.

In addition to the space for student art and research, the Mayfield and Green streetscape will include water barrels, storage sheds and outdoor furniture and will become the seventh community garden in the City of South Euclid. Garden plots also will be made available to local businesses for sponsorship.