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In the spring of 2013, students from Professor Loren Byrne’s Sustainability 401 course, Working Towards Sustainability, worked in teams to research best practices and to create conceptual designs for Island Commons including a sustainability center, an environmentally sensitive trail and sustainable agriculture production. The final proposals and plans have been organized within this document.


When planning for a trail system on site, the group was asked to design an aesthetically pleasing, universally accessible trails system on the pre-existing property for the center which would act as “sanctity” and peaceful spaces with minimal manipulation of the grounds. The team was asked to incorporate native plants, which would create new sustainable ecosystems, and to develop information stations that would inform visitors about the ecosystem and environment at St. Mary’s. The team was also tasked with finding ways in which local artists could contribute sustainable related artwork to the site.

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