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Greenhouse Educational Programs: Sustainable Greenhouse “E.34” in Savannah Georgia

Greenhouse Educational Programs: Sustainable Greenhouse “E.34” in Savannah Georgia

I stumbled upon this cool little building while researching one of my last posts on coffee. And by researching I mean drinking… a cup…of coffee. If you read that post you’d remember me saying that the coffee shop was in an area of town “leaning” into revitalization. By leaning into, I mean make SURE you’re aware of your surroundings at all times whilst skipping through the streets sucking down your cold brew.

While driving off from the local coffee roaster I found myself saying aloud, “Wut is thaaaaat?!” and literally stopped my car in the middle of the road. After I made sure the coast was clear, I jerked my car into reverse and pulled to the curb to check out this curious building.

To my right was this guy:

What a super cool idea in a neighborhood that really needs some love. I decided to do a bit of googling. This particular project was the brainchild of a SCAD student, Meagan Hodges, via her masters final project and was brought to life by a local non-profit called Emergent Structures. This organization firstly aids in collaborations between developers, architects, engineers, local government, and property owners and teaches them how to replace common parochial construction demo with sustainable deconstruction.

Several local and nationwide businesses contributed to this awesome cause. IKEA was the largest contributor to the project with notable help from business’ such as Guerry Lumber, Gulfstream, Southern Pine Company, Savannah Technical College, and even Whole Foods.

Their aim is to reduce waste by re-purposing materials such as old timber from dilapidated houses, slabs of granite and marble, and even bath tubs. These materials are used to build structures such as this greenhouse located within an area of Savannah known as a food desert.

This structures intended use is for an agricultural training center for Savannah teens with special needs. The training is provided by Meagan’s local non-profit organization called Design For Ability which trains teens in the area of green jobs.

If you’re in the area and would like to stop by you can find the greenhouse off E. Broad Street and 34th. I think the YouTube video provided below can better explain what the project is all about and how it’s meant to benefit the local surrounding community here in Savannah.

This is such a noble cause. If you’d like to find out more about Emergent Structures and other projects they’re working on or to learn how you can possibly collaborate with them you can find them at:

There’s so much you can learn about your community by just driving around it! It’s funny how we get caught up in the day of work, and busy schedules, and family that we somehow forget to look AROUND us. There’s so many things going on around us it’s nice to be reminded that there’s more to this life than what’s going on in mine alone.

What local projects or nonprofits have your heart? Have you ever been a part of something like this that benefits your local community? I’d love to hear about it! Any comments, thoughts, suggestions just leave below!:)

18 thoughts on “Greenhouse Educational Programs: Sustainable Greenhouse “E.34” in Savannah Georgia”

  • What a great idea the student had. I love it when our resources are reused to create something new. Although I live quite far away from where you are, the pictures you presented show off the wonderful work Megan Hodges has done.

    It must be nice to be able to drink coffee while observing your view to see it manifesting into something new and wonderful.

  • This is a great cause that Meagan Hodges created we need more proactive students like this.

    I have also been involved in community programs which involved picking up litter for one month and I can say these program of the community make a huge difference of the community.

  • Hey Jennifer,
    THAT IS AWESOME! I just love when someone takes something like an old building and makes it useful again. I see all these old factory buildings and I so badly want to turn them in to homes for homeless people.
    This is such as inspiring post and I love your sense of humor when you write!
    Great Job!!!

  • This was such a great article. It left me smiling and more optimistic about the future!
    Great stuff!!

  • Looks like you found a gem! It’s not only sustainable but it has a lot of character. The mural was a great touch. Such a good cause, hats off to Meagan Hodges and Emergent Structures. You’ve inspired me to take a drive around my own town, see what I can find. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer.

  • What a genius idea. In our world suffering from “what to do with our waste” this is a step in the right direction. Not as big of a step as we need of course but it’s still good to see there are some doing their part.


  • This is so inspiring, it’s amazing how you could come across the loveliest things without intending to. Kudos to this wonderful student and her project. I love how she got such support. This project and others that are similar should be highlighted and made as examples for other students to come with something similar. Thank you for focusing on it, love it!

  • I am a massive fan of reclaimed materials for their boho/vintage aesthetic, and I’ve also been really into sustainable gardening and landscaping practices over the past few months (mostly forest farming and passive solar heating). This greenhouse sounds like a fantastic project – congrats to Ms Hodges!

    • That’s awesome Sharon. I like the vintage aesthetic as well. It’s cool that it looks cool and is good for the environment:)

  • Wow! This is a brilliant example of what we can do in and for our communities when we truly collaborate. This small project initiated by a local student can have such a global impact. Your decision to shine light on this initiative fills me with gratitude and respect for you. Thanks for sharing!

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