Spring 2018 Student Engagement

Writing grants to financially assist franklin initiatives

Sus250 grant writing

Professor Jack McEnany’s grant writing class learned the basics of grant writing, met with PermaCityLife to hear about the initiatives taking place, and independently researched and wrote various grants for PermaCityLife and Mill City Park. Learning how to write grants is a valuable tool no matter what field these students are entering, and through this class they are both learning this skill as well as helping out PermaCityLife in their

Jack McEnany


Researching and brainstorming Green INfrastructure possibilities in Franklin

Sus210 - Sustainable Research II

This intensive class in January conducted research on green infrastructure and how to incorporate it into existing urban settings, using Franklin as their case study. They focused heavily on stormwater management, since the city has a lot of impermeable parking areas and brownfield sites which discharge all this contaminated rainwater right into its three rivers. To address this challenge, the class discussed adding vegetation and trees to the sides of the streets, which would shade the streets, slow traffic down due to increased aesthetics, and catch and store rainwater. Their May intensive class was more implementation oriented.

Steve Whitman


Poster & publication design for Permacitylife, mill city park and the sustainable learning initiative

Melanie Patria '20

Graphic design student Melanie Patria interned with PermaCityLife to create 3 posters (PCL, SLI and Mill City Park) for The Hub at 357 Central Street, and developed the layout and graphics for their annual report. She also designed lease posters and business cards for PermaCityLife. She was taking two design classes this same semester (motion design and information design) that included relevant work on: library signage and way finding, animated logos, work with the Adobe Aftereffects program, presenting information through the use of grids, hierarchy and alignment. She learned a great deal through working on her internship and these classes simultaneously, and appreciated getting to apply new learned knowledge right away as well as work with professors Hilary Walrod and Nancy Sepe.

 Melanie Patria's designs for advertising PermaCityLife and Mill City Park hanging in the SLI storefront (The Hub at 357 Central Street in downtown Franklin.

Melanie Patria's designs for advertising PermaCityLife and Mill City Park hanging in the SLI storefront (The Hub at 357 Central Street in downtown Franklin.


promoting permaculture in franklin high school

Stephanie Maliki '18

Sustainability studies major Steph Maliki conducted research on permaculture education for her senior capstone project. She studied whether teaching a short permaculture class to a group of students in the high school would increase their interest and passion for the subject, and analyzed her data through survey responses.