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Green Urban Living Center at Miami Dade College’s North Campus is Institution’s Latest Environmental Awareness Initiative

Green Urban Living - Gardening

The organic herb and vegetable garden, shown here with student volunteers, is part of The Green Urban Living Center's growing list of resources that also include a resource library, a native butterfly garden, hardwood hammock and wetlands areas.

Miami, November 17, 2008 - The Green Urban Living Center (GULC) is a new initiative of Miami Dade College's North Campus. Established in June of 2007, GULC is part of the college’s School of Community Education.  Its mission is to promote environmental awareness, community health and self-care education, and provide ongoing "Green Collar" professional training in new and emerging industries. 

The GULC is in an exciting state of growth. It is now offering several new classes and programs with many more planned. As the GULC grows, it seeks to offer community workshops, speakers, and special events for the entire community.  It has a large education space with a resource library and a beautiful outdoor space with a native butterfly garden, organic herb and vegetable garden, and a number of native Florida ecosystems represented; including hardwood hammock and wetlands areas with more to come.

As of October 2008, the Center became an official National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat. 

“We are proud to be part of a prestigious group of NWF members across the country who are recognized for protecting and nurturing wildlife in educational settings and community spaces,” said Susan J. Lewis, GULC program coordinator. “It’s important the community knows we’re here and doing great things.” 

The GULC complements the college’s extensive environmental agenda including its Environmental Center at the Kendall Campus, which is also part of the School of Community Education, and its Earth Ethics Institute. In addition, MDC is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration for sustainability and has implemented numerous recycling and reuse programs throughout its campuses and outreach centers.

For more information on the Center, please contact Susan J. Lewis, program coordinator, at

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