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MBA student Connor Paterson worked with his team on building a green greenhouse made almost entirely of recyclable plastic water bottles, Monday, June 22.MBA student Connor Paterson worked with his team on building a green greenhouse made almost entirely of recyclable plastic water bottles, Monday, June 22.

Green greenhouse project helps MBA students make a difference

Before being interrupted by the threat of stormy weather, UWindsor MBA students got a good start on building a greenhouse made almost entirely of recyclable plastic water bottles on Monday in front of the Odette School of Business, with the aim of spreading awareness about the state of the natural environment.

As part of a Business Ethics course, students were required to work on a “make a difference project” focusing on environmental sustainability, said MBA student and team coordinator, Connor Paterson.

Paterson said that once his team decided to take on the project they set out to collect water bottles wherever and whenever they could. They started small and then got creative.

 “We went all over the city,” he said. “We visited gyms - passed by houses on recycling days to collect what we could.”

The result was a 2,000 bottle haul by 30 students over the course of eight weeks.

“It is kind of cool to take something usually wasteful and harmful to the environment to make something useful,” says Paterson.

Following the design of team engineer Vincent Colussi, the group used bamboo sticks, the plastic bottles and wooden frames to begin construction on a green greenhouse that will be on display at the university, until it is eventually donated to the Windsor-Essex County Community Garden Collective-school initiative.

The potential for severe weather delayed completion of the outdoor project until Tuesday