Meredith’s sustainability Living & Learning Laboratories are campus facilities and locations that facilitate teaching and research opportunities related to sustainability.
The Oaks Apartments
Meredith’s student apartments hold LEED Silver certification. Highlights of the building include dual flush toilets, “dark sky” exterior light fixtures, rainwater harvesting, low-emitting paints and carpets, and 89% diversion of construction waste during building.
The Meredith Forest
This on-campus forest is more than 50 acres of protected habitat for local wildlife. Home to tributary creek of the Crabtree Creek watershed, a permanent one hectare research plot, and more than 20 species of trees, the Forest offers a unique learning space and refuge inside Raleigh’s beltline. As a founding institution of the Ecological Research as Education Network, Meredith faculty and students are conducting research in the Meredith Forest.
The College’s featured study abroad program located in the heart of the Tuscan province offers firsthand experience in a culture that lives with a smaller footprint. The city’s and country’s walkability, creative reuse of historic buildings, local food, and multiple public transportation options are among the sustainable aspects of life in Italy that students encounter.
The greenway that follows Meredith’s southern and western borders is part of Raleigh’s network of recreational trails that offers walking, jogging, biking, bird watching and nature study. The section on campus connects via footbridge to the Museum Park of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Rainwater Harvesting via Campus Lakes
Much of Meredith’s beautiful grounds are irrigated by rainwater collected on campus. Both the Meredith Lake at the McIver Amphitheater and the pond located behind the The Oaks collect rainwater and stormwater runoff, which is then used to irrigate lawns and plantings across campus.
The Green Belt
In honor of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai’s visit to campus in 2009, freshmen planted more than 400 trees to form the Meredith College Green Belt. The Green Belt Movement, founded by Maathai, works with women around the world to teach the importance of biodiversity and environmental conservation. The trees are arranged in arboretum-style botanically interesting groupings.
Three Sisters Organic Garden
Located behind the greenhouse, the garden grows organic vegetables, herbs and flowers as part of the foods and nutrition program. The on-site composting operation always welcomes compost donations. Contact professor Bill Landis for volunteer and service opportunities.
The Edible Landscape
Planted by student volunteers in 2009, the Edible Landscape is designed to offer a living demonstration of where and how things grow. Located across from Ledford Hall, the landscape features plants including apples, plums, pomegranate, blackberries, raspberries and kiwis.
Astronomy Observation Deck
Located on the top level of the Science and Mathematics Building, the observation deck is available for night sky viewing. The deck houses a weather station and telescope mounts.
Museum Park, NC Museum of Art
The park, located a short walk from the Meredith campus, encompasses 164 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks, providing a unique setting to explore the intersection of art and nature. Discover the cloud chamber, works of art, and wooded trails. Trailside signs offer information on art, plants, animals and ecology.
The Daisy Trade
As a student reuse store, the Daisy Trade offers and accepts clothing, accessories, school supplies, room decor and more. Designed and installed in the Poteat Lobby by interior design students in 2010, the store embodies the concept of reduce, reuse, recycle.
This campus laboratory houses a diverse group of plants used for educational purposes while providing space and equipment for student research projects and supporting the adjacent Three Sisters Garden. The greenhouse is surrounded by the Biological Diversity Garden. Student volunteers are often needed to support the greenhouse.