Green Roof Garden

There's something different about the geography-geology building roof.

Instead of the usual flat, gray roof, the geography-geology building is 2,200 square feet of grass, vegetables and green space. Topped with raised beds full of rich soil, plants and produce bursting with color, the Green Roof Garden is a student-run garden that started about seven years ago by a team of faculty and students known as the Athens Urban Food Collective in the geography department.

In the spring, the garden is planted with a range of crops like turnips, radishes, beets, collards, spinach and salad mixes. Carrots were a Green Roof favorite last year. 

"They were gorgeous. You pulled them out of the ground, and the color was the most brilliant. It was just the brightest orange I had ever seen," said Carson Dann, the urban agriculture intern in UGA's Office of Sustainability who leads the Green Roof Garden initiative.

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Certificate Impact

From initiatives that save our university millions of dollars in food waste every year to helping support sustainable solutions to invasive plant growth, our students are making a difference in the Athens-Clarke County community. Want to find out more? Take a look at some final portfolios produced by Certificate graduates, featuring their experiences with sustainability at UGA!

David Hasslinger's Portfolio

Lindsey Bineau's Portfolio

Mason Towe's Portfolio

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Graduate Certificate Approved


The Graduate Certificate Proposal made its way through the approved process in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 to reach final approval in March on 2017. The Graduate Certificate will officially begin accepting students in the fall of 2017. Look for details on how to apply here.

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Orientation, Spring 2017

The Certificate in Sustainability welcomed 45 students, faculty, and staff for its Spring 2017 orientation session in the Miller Learning Center on February 20th. During the first half informational session, students were introduced to program requirements, capstone and portfolio projects, and a number of affiliated faculty members by the Certificate staff. Then, the Certificate in Sustainability introduced its first ever iteration of "peer leadership" groups, a new way of connecting students to each other within the Certificate. We finished the night off with wonderful food provided by Campus Catering and an informal networking session. Look out for updates regarding our next orientation session in Fall.