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Enhancing Urban Sustainability through the Application of Permaculture Principles

EPA Grant Number: SU834337
Title: Enhancing Urban Sustainability through the Application of Permaculture Principles
Investigators: Reyes, Manuel , Carter, Scott , Hargis, Maria , Higgs, Kori , Young, Carmen
Current Investigators: Reyes, Manuel , Alvarez, Carlos Montoya , Carter, Scott , Hayes, Randall , Higgs, Kori , Young, Carmen
Institution: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2010
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2009)
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Agriculture , P3 Challenge Area - Water , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development



To prove that inclusion of permaculture at North Carolina A&T State University campus will be environmentally, socially and economically better landscaping approach than just the current traditional systems of manicured lawns and bricks or concrete.


To compare the water consumption, urban runoff, temperature, air quality, public acceptance, soil quality; and fertilizer, pesticide and energy used, and labor cost under permaculture, manicured lawn and brick systems.

Expected Results:

Our output is an established permaculture system which contains a rain garden, rain water collector, drip irrigation, bird pond, solar lights, solar pump and different endemic plant species.

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Phase 2 Abstract

Progress and Final Reports:
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