Statistics And Data Proposa for The Greenhouse Garden

Statistics And Data

Proposal
The Greenhouse Garden

Starting Date: June, 2015
Duration: 2 months

Funds: $15,000

Introduction

Idaho State University is a diverse university, established in 1901, with many students all over the world enrolling every semester. The university is known for its high-endmedical research methods,the multiple programs offered, and the newly renovated L.E.& Thelma E. Stephens Performance Arts Center. However, Idaho State University is lacking in terms of its landscape. While walking through campus, not so many flowers and greenery are been seen.

This is a vital issue in terms of upgrading the scenic view of the university. The scenery for the students need to be improved, which can be done by having more plants in the campus. However, tackling it on a higher level can solve this problem and provide a positive influence to current and future students. Themost suitable solution is to have a sustainable environment in which plants, vegetables, and fruits can be grown on campus. This can be achieved by having a greenhouse garden. A greenhouse garden on campus shows that the university is aware of environmental issuessuch as articulated gardening, all-weather gardening, year-around possibilities for vegetables and fruits, production of vegetables that are limited due to outdoor weather condition etc.It also reflects the vision of the university that itis searching for means to improve the situation and wants to be part of the change. Furthermore, a greenhouse garden will be an attraction for current and future students.

The goal of the projectis to enhance the landscape of the university. However, this project has many other goals by default, such as attracting new students, having a sense of community within the campus, and establishing our university’s environmentally conscious reputation throughout the country.

Background

Through the world, various universities are heading towards having a green campus. The public is also now aware of the environmental issues around the world. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) was established in 2005 for encouraging campuses in sustainable efforts for greenhouses. They also provide several rankings for Green Universities, which are been published on multiple websites such as Forbes.Com. A campus can be considered as Green University where people recycle, limit their energy consumption and try to obtain products with “low carbon footprints”, from sustainable energy sources. As the term “Green University “suggests, there should be abundant use of green; the greenhouse garden will substantially fulfill the purpose.

Studies have shown that an appealing campus is one of the main reasons for students to select a university. The visual appeal of Idaho State University is very hard to maintain as Pocatello has a very harsh climate. Certain seasons transform the environment of the university into an inhabitable place for greenery; plants and flowers on campus may have a minimal chance of surviving the whole year round.Therefore, having a controlled environment means that the health and sustainability of the crop is maintained the whole year.

Project Plan

The project will lead the students and the members of the university in greater sustainability of greener future. This project can be easily implemented in a matter of weeks by a few simple steps.We can start the project by distributing flyers among the campus mentioning the benefits of greener campus which will surely raise awareness and consciousness among members. They will be distributed where most students will be available, which is the library and computer labs. A few flyers will be available on walls around campus for volunteers. Second, an order will be placed for the glass greenhouse and other supplies to complete a functioning greenhouse garden. The supplies can be shipped within a week whereasthe greenhouse will take around two to three weeks.

While the greenhouse is being shipped, this timeframe can be used to ensure that students are awareof their inputs and helps which are crucial. Because everything in the greenhouse is recyclable[What who said this? More info?] and natural, students’ help is very much valued.Sending an email to the whole student body stating what fertilizers can be collected from them via the recyclable bins can do this. These natural fertilizers may include eggshells, coffee grounds, and banana peels. The first line of defense against the pests and diseases in the greenhouse garden is the good nutrition and environmental control. The most common insect problems are aphides, mites and whiteflies. Vacuums, squashing and washing are the first mechanical steps and soaps and pepper sprays are the botanical steps to be taken for prevention. Yellow tapes are highly effective against whiteflies.Furthermore, studentsshould be made aware that they can plant any type of flowers, fruits, and vegetables they want. Number of students should be enlisted as volunteers for maintaining the greenhouse garden. They should be provided with the sufficient knowledge. They will be the responsible persons for systematically carrying out the project and systematically conveying the knowledge to the descendant fellow students.

After having installing the greenhouse by the technicians,students are welcome to plant and write on signs to indicate the various types of plants which are available. Fertilizers willbe integrated into the greenhouse environment every morning to ensure that plants are well maintained. People now feel the need to take pictures and share them on social networks. This is a great way of getting future students interested in enrolling, as a sense of community and amazing scenery are shown in pictures.

Reflection Phase

Following a six-month project implementation, our group and a few other instructors will evaluate the progress of the greenhouse. That is,the sustainability and wellbeing of the environment inside the greenhouse will be studied. We will conduct appropriate research and then, if any problems do arise, implement the proper procedures and actions to ensure the success of the greenhouse.

The students that are regularly volunteering may give input as well, and their input will help in concluding the progress of the greenhouse, as the success of the greenhouse comes from the student body itself. [Hmm, what are the dimensions?
It looks kinda small.

Budget

The cost of
one modern, sleek glass greenhouse will cost $6610.00 with free shipping, but
because we want two available on campus the total cost is $13,220. The various
biodegradable pots would cost $375 dollars at $1.5 a piece; 10 garden bags will
cost $160[What? What are these bags?]; 250 plant signs [you mean the plant
labels?] will cost $25;100 flyers for $40;and 10 thirty two gallonrecycle bins will cost $430 dollars. [Where will these bins be kept? And what if students
don’t put fertilizer in them?] The estimate total of this whole project will calculate to $14,250.

We believe that and extra $750 is necessary[How did you come up with this figure?] to ensure that if any problem arises that we do have the funds to rectify them. This brings the total of the whole project to $15,000.

Components

Quantity

Price

Glass greenhouse

2

$6610.00*2=$13,220

Biodegradable pots

250

$1.5*250=$375

Garden Bags

10

$16*10= $160

Plant Levels

250

$.1*250= $25

Flyers

100

$.4*100= $40

32 gallon recycle bins

10

$43*10=$430

Maintenance and reflection phase cost

$750

Total Cost

$15,000

Benefits

There are multiple benefits in having a greenhouse garden on campus. First of all, the landscape of the campus will momentarily improveand will give a refreshing and relaxing feel to the whole campus. Current students will gain knowledge by having to plant and maintain the greenhouse environment. They will also feel a part of this change even if they don’t actually visit, as they will be contributing just by recycling natural fertilizers from their food into the recycling bins that will be readily available on campus. One of the two greenhouses can be placed near the library and rendezvous building, because they are the most visited place for students. The other greenhouse garden can be placed near the student union building, as it is one of the other places that most student visit often.

ISU will receive recognition from multiple organizations who are aware of the benefits of greener environment wishes to have one around them. Therefore more future students will want to enroll in the university. The extra revenue from future student’s means that more expansions and renovations can occur in the future, and including students in the renovations means that there’s a sense of unity and a sense of community. This project will also demonstrate how the whole student body can come together and show that the students of ISU is capable of working to create something beautiful and environmentally friendly. We can also ask local stores like “Home Depot” or others to help us setting up the greenhouse garden, as it help us to achieve funding from them, as well as they would have an opportunity to advertise their product and skills in gardening.

lifespan of plants in greenhouse

Anderson-Darling

Non-Normal at 0.01

60

A-Squared

1.844

60

p

0.000

60

95% Critical Value

0.787

60

99% Critical Value

1.092

60

Mean

69.267

70

Mode

60.000

90

Standard Deviation

13.921

60

Variance

193.781

60

Skewedness

1.242

59

Kurtosis

0.167

80

n

15.000

70

Std Err

3.594

60

Minimum

59.000

100

1st Quartile

60.000

90

Median

60.000

3rd Quartile

75.000

Maximum

100.000

Range

41.000

Confidence Interval

7.709

for Mean (Mu)

61.558

0.95

76.976

For Stdev (sigma)

10.192

21.954

for Median

60.000

70.000

lifespan of plants without greenhouse

Anderson-Darling

Data is Normal

60

A-Squared

0.538

60

p

0.139

60

95% Critical Value

0.787

58

99% Critical Value

1.092

55

Mean

46.400

55

Mode

60, 55

55

Standard Deviation

12.716

48

Variance

161.686

45

Skewedness

-0.648

44

Kurtosis

-0.629

37

n

15.000

36

Std Err

3.283

33

Minimum

20.000

30

1st Quartile

36.500

20

Median

48.000

3rd Quartile

56.500

Maximum

60.000

Range

40.000

Confidence Interval

7.042

for Mean (Mu)

39.358

0.95

53.442

For Stdev (sigma)

9.309

20.054

for Median

36.000

55.000

Conclusion

Idaho State University is known for multiple successes, such as having high-end medical research methods, multiple graduate and undergraduateprograms, and one of the most mesmerizing performing arts theatres. Unfortunately, in terms of being green and full of flowers, ISU doesn’t meet the same exacting standards. This is why the greenhouseproject should be implemented on campus. Having two greenhouse gardens will fully enhance the look of the campus and help the environment as well. Having two greenhouses means that there’s a controlled and sustainable environment for various types of plants grown the whole year round.

The recognition and high praise the university will receive from other scholars and organizationswill help attract future students. It will reflect the unity in diversity in the student body, as ISU have students from different social and cultural background and the project can only be successful by the combine effort of them all.This project will bring the student body together, as the success and failure lies with the students’ hands. The students will contribute by looking after the flowers and various crops, and provide the natural fertilizers from their own food thatwill be collected from the various recycle bins around the university campus. We also have to increase awareness in students to throw trash in the exact bins that will be used in the greenhouse garden

This is a fairly simple project to implement. The shipping is very fast, andso is spreading the word about the greenhouse garden. The power of social media networks will show the whole country how ISU is now beautifully green and environmentally friendly. The reflection phase is equally asimportant as implementation. Thisis the phase in which the whole project is assessed in terms of its success. Furthermore, students, group members and faculty will providefeedback and suggestwhere improvements may be implemented. But, this is only a beginning of a greater good. After successful completion of this project, we can take further steps of transforming ISU in a true green campus by renewable solar energy, water-bottle re-use, locally produced food, waste disposal, green transport and awareness raising events.

This project has multiple benefits and tackles multiple issues all at once. First of all, it unites the whole student body, helps the environment, recognizes ISU as environmentally friendly, attracts new students, and achieves our main goal, which is enhancing the scenery of the whole campus. We do believe in this project and the positive impact it will have to the whole university. Thank you for giving us the chance to present our ideas. If you have any inquiries or suggestions about our project, please contact us at bureothm@isu.edu, almasaa3@isu.edu, or alktahme@isu.edu.

Bibliography

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Sellgren, Katherine, 2014. University Facilities ‘influence Students’ Choice. BBC News. BBC News Education Reporter.Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/education-26850641

10 Natural Fertilizer Recipes, 2014.Home Grown Fun.N.p. Retrieved from http://www.homegrownfun.com/natural-fertilizers-around-house/.

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