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Columbia Housing Authority: Going Green

Residents get opportunity to raise small garden plots in raised beds, reuse condensate from air conditioners to irrigate their small crops
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By Shannon Biggs
Director, Columbia Housing Authority

The Columbia Housing Authority which is funded by the Department of Housing & Urban Development is promoting HUD's initiative of" Going Green". The Housing Authority is undertaking programs with its residents to conserve, re-cycle and reuse.

Recently the residents, who were interested in participating, were issued a raised garden kit to plant a garden of their choosing. The raised garden kits were made from recycled composite material. These small garden beds allow the opportunity to grow produce in an apartment complex setting.

Rainstations were purchased and issued to residents who are participating in the raised garden program. The Rainstations are made in the USA and harvest rain from the downspouts around their apartment and store it for outdoor watering of their plants. We also encourage the residents to catch water from their window air conditioners to be used for watering their plants.

In an effort to aid in the recycling of items, we have distributed recycle bins to those who are interested in recycling. Currently we are recycling plastic, cardboard and paper.

In continuing the "Going Green" process we have been able to install in all apartments these conservative items: CFL lights bulbs, water sense commodes, water saver showerheads, energy star water heaters and refrigerators.

We hope to future our "Going Green" initiatives and make a difference. -Shannon Biggs

This story was posted on 2012-06-07 14:47:10
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Columbia Housing Authority goes green

2012-06-07 - Carrie Bolin Drive - Photo by Ed Waggener. Now not only public areas, like this beautifully tended flower garden at the entrance to the Columbia Housing Authority's apartments complex, are green, but individual homes now have small raised garden plots and are able to raise fresh vegetables in them. The concept borrows green ideas by utilizing air conditioning condensate to water the crops. Shannon Biggs is the Director of the Authority.
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