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Professor Plans To Live In Dumpster To Teach Students About Sustainable Living

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try,” stated Dr. Seuss. The Dumpster Project asks us to do just that; think outside the box or rather in this case inside a 33-square-foot over-sized metal trash can.

Dr. Jeff Wilson, an environmental science professor and dean at Huston Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, will live in this former trash receptacle during renovation. His students, the Dumpster Team, and Wilson will transform the garbage container into a sustainable house and interactive teaching lab over the next year starting in Fall 2013.

Upon completion, the mobile lab will tour the United States helping K-12 children understand the need for sustainability in our culture. The college students who participate in the Dumpster Project will challenge their knowledge in math, science, engineering and technology with the far reaching goal of implementing sustainability in their own life.

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