Troy University Students Look to Make a Difference in the Environment

Posted: Monday, 30 June 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University students waded through muddy pond water in 90-degree heat on a recent Wednesday afternoon in an effort to provide a safe place for mallards and wood ducks to lay their eggs. The members of TROY’s Environmental Awareness Organization erected a hand-made, wooden nesting box on a post in the pond, located along the Harrison Walking Trail on the Dothan Campus.

TROY Environmental Awareness Organization President Nina Golden said small projects like this one can have a major impact on the environment.

“I hope to make people aware of the simple things they can do to help the environment such as using less water and recycling,” she said.

Students in Dr. Debbie Moore’s environmental science class formed the Environmental Awareness Organization two years ago. The goal of the organization is to increase awareness of environmental concerns and to highlight the relationship between our environment and quality of life.

“A group of people were interested in the environment and were willing to get involved,” said Moore, an associate professor of biology. “It makes it easy when students want to get involved.”

Members have made an effort to support the local bluebird population by placing feeders in various locations around the Dothan Campus. The group also recently traveled to the Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Fl., to learn about the underground caves.

According to Dr. Moore, who is also a faculty adviser of the club, the students hope to introduce a recycling campaign and adopt a river or bridge crossing in the near future.

To join or for more information on the University’s Environmental Awareness Organization, contact Dr. Moore at

Note: Holly Keith is a senior majoring in journalism at Troy University. Keith is interning in the Office of University Relations.

Kellie Folger

Members of the Troy University Environmental Awareness Organization put up nesting boxes they built to provide a habitat for ducks. The organization’s purpose is to increase regional, national and global awareness of environmental concerns. (Photo by: Holly Keith/Troy University)