Nonprofit plans to build surreal, eco-friendly classroom in Detroit

Shipping container

The creative minds at Green Living Science have a vision for an eye-popping classroom to connect students with art, science and the environment.

The plan is to build a classroom from a used shipping container that will include “a rain garden, water catchment system, raised beds made out of found materials and alternative energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.”

Jutting out of the top will be a metal treehouse covered with solar-powered LED lighting, “which will add a weeping willow effect to the tree.”

But Green Living Science, a nonprofit that teaches students and others about the importance of the environment, needs your help. The group, which is an outgrowth of Recycle Here!, a citywide recycling program, is raising $25,000.

The first phase is $8,000.

The classroom, where workshops would be held for students, has a perfect location – the Lincoln Street Art Park, a creative space at 5926 Lincoln St. near the recycling center.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.