USGBC-LA 2017 Legacy Project

The 2017 Legacy Project awardee is Community Services Unlimited (CSU). CSU’s Veggie Bus Classroom Project is an upcycle design project that will transform their no-longer operating bus into a classroom, plant nursery and seed library that will be permanently based at their head-quarters, the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center (PRCWC), located in South Central Los Angeles (SCLA). This project will benefit residents of SCLA who participate in educational programs and classes offered by CSU.

Join CSU and USGBC-LA for the Launch of the Veggie Bus Seed Library on Saturday, June 10th at 10 AM. Click Here to RSVP

Please visit CSU’s website, http://csuinc.org/, for more information on their community work and building renovation plans.

Please check back soon for more updates on the 2017 Legacy Project, Veggies Bus!

 

T4T Eco-Tech Makerspace, The 2016 Greenbuild LA Legacy Project

It’s full S.T.E.A. M. ahead to Greenbuild LA with the 2016 Legacy Project, Eco-Tech Makerspace!

 

The 2016 Greenbuild Legacy Project, Eco-Tech Makerspace was created by T4T.org, formerly known as Trash for Teaching. The Eco-Tech Makerspace program, based in manufacturing-heavy Gardena, will offer the community S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curricula, hands-on problem solving, and environmental stewardship emanating from the reuse of discarded, safe manufacturing materials. The selection of this project by USGBC and USGBC-LA is intended to help reinforce the student pipeline from communities typically lacking access to these programs that can lead to S.T.E.A.M.-based careers of the future.

Space and opportunity is what the Eco-Tech Makerspace is slated to bring to the community. The lab will provide the space for schools and the greater community to engage and learn with S.T.E.A.M. concepts and tools. And, perhaps most importantly, give Gardena and its neighboring cities the opportunity to prepare for the rapidly changing job market, which will continue to add science and technology careers. With the Eco-Tech Maker Space serving the Greater Los Angeles community, USGBC is looking to prepare students to lead a green economy.

 

Upcoming Legacy Project Events –  SAVE THE DATE!

*Saturday, September 10th – Community Volunteer Event

Sunday, October 2nd  – Eco-Tech Makerspace Ribbon Cutting Event

 

What’s Next: Cool and Cooling – Installing a Canopy to help Condition the Site

A shade canopy will make the T4T Warehouse more inviting both aesthetically and environmentally, which will bolster the ability to execute successful community programming. The Legacy Project Committee is seeking support to install a shade structure in front of the building where the Eco-Tech Makerspace will be housed. This addition to the project will help ensure the comfort, versatility and productivity of the lab site year round. The building experiences a considerable amount heat gain due to direct sunlight on the east-facing wall that can negatively impacts the ability to host programs. A canopy would allow this space to realize its full potential in providing safe, affordable programs to the local community, especially during the summer months.

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April 22, 2016 – Earth Day Student Build

Beginning with a finite set of recycled materials, the students begin assembling the bench for the T4T makerspace tool storage area.

Beginning with a finite set of recycled materials, the students begin assembling the bench for the T4T makerspace tool storage area.

 

Students team to plan the bench design.

Students team to plan the bench design.

 

Getting there! A six module bench will be ready soon! STEAM lab corrdinator, Isai German, directs students.

Getting there! A six module bench will be ready soon! STEAM lab coordinator, Isai German, directs students.

 

Participants at the T4T bench workshop held on April 22, 2016 at T4T.

Participants at the T4T bench workshop held on April 22, 2016 at T4T.

 

 

To participate in this project, please reach out to :

Legacy Project Co-Chair, Coomy Kadribegovic 213-820-4861 and Maya Henderson 818-606-9639.

Legacy Project Co-Chair, Coomy Kadribegovic 213-820-4861 and Maya Henderson 818-606-9639.

 

 

STEAM Lab Coordinator for T4T, Isai German.

STEAM Lab Coordinator for T4T, Isai German.

 

It’s full S.T.E.A.M. ahead to Greenbuild LA with the 2016 Legacy Project, Eco-Tech Maker Space!

The launch of the 2016 Greenbuild Legacy Project took place on Friday April 22, Earth Day 2016. The first event was a student build attended by local middle schools students who will be using the space in the future.

The 2016 Greenbuild Legacy Project, Eco-Tech Maker Space was created by T4T.org (formerly known as Trash for Teaching). The Eco-Tech Maker Space program, based in manufacturing-heavy Gardena, will offer the community S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curricula, hands-on problem solving, and environmental stewardship emanating from the reuse of discarded, safe manufacturing materials. The selection of this project by USGBC and USGBC-LA is intended to help reinforce the student pipeline from communities typically lacking access to these programs that can lead to S.T.E.A.M.-based careers of the future.

The students in attendance were from Bud Carson Middle school, located in nearby Hawthorne. The young builders were tasked with constructing work benches for the Eco-Tech Maker Space with discarded materials prepared by the T4T staff. The group was given very general work instructions before being released to build; the chief directive being the shelves can’t fall off. Guided by T4T’s S.T.E.A.M. Lab Coordinator, Isai German, the students had to work together to design and build the best workbench for the space.

This endeavor was truly a student build, with parents, teachers and volunteers on the sidelines. Adults were not allowed to touch the materials or provide direct instructions, but simply ask open-ended questions to help guide the students, if needed. This activity was beneficial, and arguably character building, for both students and their adults.

The students worked together and exhibited great potential to be our nation’s next great engineers and architects. They collectively tried and failed then tried again. They worked through their problems and differences of opinions democratically, with one student suggesting a vote when they differed on the best way to proceed. The process was not only fascinating for the adults in the room to watch, but it was educational. They witnessed what our young people are capable of accomplishing with a little space and opportunity.

Space and opportunity is exactly what the Eco-Tech Maker Space is slated to bring to the whole community. Eco-Tech Maker Space will provide the space for schools and the greater community to engage and learn with S.T.E.A.M. concepts and tools. And, perhaps most importantly, give Gardena and its neighboring cities the opportunity to prepare for the rapidly changing job market, which will continue to add science and technology careers. With the Eco-Tech Maker Space serving this Los Angeles community, USGBC is looking to prepare students to lead a green economy.

Greenbuild Legacy Project

T4T.org’s Eco-Tech Maker Space is the 2016 Greenbuild Legacy Project!

 

Please see full announcement HERE.

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Thank You To The Legacy Project Supporters

Levels of support begin at $100! Click here for details on Legacy Project Sponsorship.

 

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