Rain Barrel Awareness Project
The project would begin in February of 2017. When students returned from break, there would be advertisements and emails calling for UIC undergraduate and graduate students to display the four UIC Climate Commitments in their own creative way. Students would have three weeks to submit proposals. In March, four students would be selected to create the rain barrels. There would be a meeting for introductions and more education around the rain barrels and their function on campus. During this meeting, a day for the project would be selected for a weekday in April. On the selected day, the artists chosen and those assisting would set up the rain barrels in the quad on campus. There would be interactive posters highlighting what each value represents and the importance to campus life. When the rain barrels are ready, either that evening or the next, they would be installed at locations across campus.
The idea behind the rain barrels would be to bring awareness to UIC students about how precious our freshwater is and educate about the Climate Commitments UIC has. It would be an interactive, demonstrative, and educational opportunity. The rain barrels would be painted in theme to the UIC Climate Commitments outlined in their overview. The students chosen would theme their art around these principles and a committee would help create informative posters. Each barrel would have a plaque to explain the significance of the climate commitment. The water collected in these barrels would be used to water the Heritage Garden as well as other green spaces around campus. This water could also be treated and used in other capacities.
Preliminary Project Budget
The estimated budget for this project would be six hundred dollars. The rain barrels at fifty five gallons are approximately seventy dollars each. An additional two hundred would be requested to provide eco-friendly art supplies for the students creating the rain barrels. An estimated one hundred would be invested in advertising and awareness. Overall, an affordable project with a rewarding payoff.
Below is an example of what a rain barrel could look like:
A rain barrel painted by Michael Costello to be silently auctioned for the Whatcom Land Trust.
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/artfulrainbarrel.htm You can learn more here.