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Trash to Treasure: Smithsonian 'Eco-zibit' Opening at Museum of Texas Tech

Heidi Toth

September 12, 2016

“Green Revolution” is constructed entirely of local materials that have been creatively reused, recycled and resourced.

Who said a traveling exhibit actually has to travel?

"Green Revolution," a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, is opening at the Museum of Texas Tech University this week, but it's not coming by train, plane or automobile. This traveling exhibit, designed to teach children and their families about critical issues facing the environment and what people can do to help, came via email and then was constructed made of local used and recycled materials.

The exhibit includes five modules:

  • Carbon Footprint
  • Composting & Gardening
  • Energy
  • Hybrid House
  • Waste Not

This hands-on project helps raise awareness about the fragility of the Earth and demonstrates solutions to more effectively protect the air, water, soil and wildlife necessary for human life. Visitors also will learn the effects of climate change on the planet's ecosystems.

"Each iteration of the exhibit has a local flavor, so we want this show to be relevant to West Texans," said Gary Morgan, executive director of the museum. "Texas Tech is very active in studying and teaching issues of sustainability and has a national profile in things like climate science and renewable energy. Our intention is not to preach to audiences but rather to inspire people to think about what they can do to reduce the human footprint on Texas."

"Green Revolution" opens Friday (Sept. 16) and runs through Jan. 15. Depending on the weather, the exhibit may have both outdoor and indoor elements. The Museum of Texas Tech is located at 3301 4th St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Daniel Tyler, communications and marketing director, Museum of Texas Tech University, (806) 834-1227 or daniel.tyler@ttu.edu 

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