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Bioretention Garden & Shelter

Built through a grant through the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Bioretention Shelter demonstrates a low-maintenance green roof application for use by Horticulture, Land Systems, and Management students and for the beauty & enjoyment of all at Fort Omaha Campus. Stop by to enjoy the shade, learn how the green roof works, and witness the activity nearby in MCC's new "barnyard."

Interpretive Sign

Interpretive Signage describing the Green roof shelter and how it functions

Green roofs mitigate water runoff and sewer overflows by retaining rainfall to feed the live plants growing on the roof. Plants are specifically selected to be drought-resistant, requiring minimal maintenance year-round.

MCC's Green roof shelter and bioretention garden are learning labs for Horticulture, Land Systems and Management students, allowing the study and testing of these sustainable stormwater management systems.

Horticulture, Land Systems and Management (HLSM) 1400 Natural Systems and Sustainability class introduces students to the basic principles and importance of natural systems, focusing on ecology and biodiversity. Students are also introduced to the role of sustainability in landscape design and its effect on natural systems. This class encourages critical thinking about design and its impact on the site and surrounding area. Current and potential sustainable design theories are examined along with a brief history of sustainable design.

Roof installed on Bioretention shelter

Construction in progress - rafters installed under roofing material

Installation of roofing layers

Completed shelter with rainwater collection barrels

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