Dr. Joe Jones wants to show students the greener way of living.
Students use the campus garden to grow their own fresh produce.
By: Emily Pacillo
The Green Quad on the west end of the USC campus is celebrating 10 years of reducing students' impact on the environment. This dorm may look like any other on campus, but it's mission does more than what meets the eye.
"Our role here at Green Quad is to be a living, learning community to help those students who are really green. They recycle, they compost, and do everything to provide them with an outlet for their energy and knowledge as well as supporting them," said Dr. Joe Jones, the Green Quad faculty principal.
Jones gave a tour of the Green Quad to show how it helps reduce environmental impact:
Terraces were built to help keep the area from flooding
Stones in walkway are hollow to let water drain into the ground
The roof has columns to let natural light in to reduce the need for electric light in
"Here on top of the Green Quad, students can relax in chairs made from recycled material on top of a lawn that helps keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter," said Jones.
Students can also grow their own produce organically in the community garden instead of buying them at the store. Jones said the main goal of the Green Quad is to teach students about the environment and sustainability.
The Green Quad offers weekly activities such as gardening workshops and outdoor yoga classes to further encourage students to go green.