Posted: Aug 31, 2010 5:08 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Aug 31, 2010 5:55 PM
Students at LSU and Southern University are working together to make East Baton Rouge a little greener. Thanks to Mayor Kip Holden and the Green Light Beautification Program, the universities have each received $50,000 to spruce up different areas around town.
Urban forestry students at Southern are working on implementing a tree planting project in the median in front of Capital Area Technical College on North Acadian Thruway.
Students at LSU Robert Reich School of Landscpe Architecture are working on installing lights under the I-10 Bridge on Dalrymple Drive, as well as planting rain gardens to remediate storm water. It's a great opportunity for the students to have their work showcased, and it's also good for the community.
"Take these students that you have in these two areas, and allow those students to show us how they would add designs to Baton Rouge to beautify Baton Rouge through our green light program, and they've come through," said Mayor Kip Holden.
Holden said he doesn't want this project to fall by the way side. The groundwork should be laid by the end of this year. Funding for the two projects came from the Green Light Plan approved by East Baton Rouge voters in 2005 to alleviate traffic congestion. Under the program, three percent of the Green Light funds are set aside for sidewalks and beautification projects.